Italian Town Aims Wrath at Migrant Workers
Tensions over immigration in a small Italian town have erupted in violent attacks on African farmworkers, leading police to remove 300 migrants from the community and send them to holding centers — accompanied by cheers from the townsfolk. –JCL
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Local people clapped and cheered yesterday [Saturday] as hundreds of Africans were moved by police out of a small town in Calabria following clashes in which immigrant farmworkers were shot at, severely beaten and run over.
More than 300 immigrants were loaded on to buses in the riot-torn town of Rosarno, destined for immigrant holding centres. Meanwhile, an immigrant was shot from a moving car with a pellet rifle, bringing to five the number who have been shot.
The first shooting, last Thursday, provoked a violent protest march by Africans through Rosarno, which left 66 injured. A second immigrant was beaten with metal bars yesterday despite a heavy police presence in and around Rosarno.
“There is a very serious security problem here and many immigrants working on local farms are scared and just want to get out, even though many have not been paid,” said Laura Boldrini, a UN official, after touring some of the disused factories in which immigrants sleep after returning from poorly paid shifts in nearby fields.
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