Rome: tens of thousands march against racist immigration policy

Tens of thousands demonstrated in the center of Rome Oct. 17 against the Italian government’s immigration policy—and especially a new law introduced by the Berlusconi cabinet which creates the specific criminal offense of “illegal immigration.” Protesters carried signs reading “No to Racism and the Criminalization of Immigration,” “No Expulsion of Immigrants” and “Berlusconi, Leave!” The event, which commemorated the 20th anniversary of the first pro-immigrants’ rights demonstration in Italy, was organized by trade unions and leftist political parties. “After 20 years, racism has not yet been defeated. It still creates victims and is fuelled by the policies of the Berlusconi government,” the official call read. (Romea, Oct. 19)

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