More than 900 immigrants Moslem Invaders fled a southern Italian town on Saturday after residents violently attacked African farm workers.
9News/H/T Dhumme Dhimmi
The clashes, which began late on Thursday, left 67 people injured in the Calabrian town of Rosarno, but calm was generally restored on Saturday, with barricades erected by locals dismantled and shops open.
The injured included 31 foreigners, the latest of whom was fired at with a shotgun on Saturday, as well as 19 police officers and 17 locals, police said.
Locals applauded as buses with police escorts left, taking immigrants from Rosarno to the towns of Crotone, 170km away, and Bari, around 400km to the northeast.
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“Around 910 foreigners have been evacuated to Crotone and Bari,” local police chief Mario Morcone told AFP.
A further 210 immigrants were expected to depart during the evening and night, taking the total to leave the area past 1,100, Morcone said, adding that the situation in Rosarno was slowly returning to normal.
The Italian authorities have said immigrants taking the special buses will not be arrested, even if they arrived in the country illegally.
Some of the immigrants who came to the region in their thousands to work on the fruit harvest are fleeing despite being owed wages by their employers.
What fruit harvest? In January? This is from another ink-sucker who has his head up his ass….
Francis, a 25-year-old from Ghana, said he was owed 200 euros ($A312) but was too frightened to stay. “If we don’t leave, we will die,” he said. “We came here to work and now people are shooting at us.”
The violence broke out on Thursday when hundreds of immigrants, most of them Africans employed illegally, demonstrated after some of them had been shot at with air rifles, according to Italian news agency ANSA.
Demonstrators set fire to cars and smashed windscreens before police intervened, leading to a scuffle that left several of the demonstrators injured.
On Friday, local residents set up roadblocks and occupied the town hall, before violence erupted once more.
In separate incidents on Friday, two immigrants were beaten and seriously wounded with iron bars, media and officials said. One of the wounded was admitted to hospital for brain surgery.
Two other immigrants were hit in the legs with shotgun pellets and five more were deliberately run over by vehicles driven by locals, they said. They suffered minor injuries.
Interior Minister Roberto Maroni, a member of the anti-immigrant Northern League party, said the tensions were a result of “too much tolerance towards clandestine immigration”.
The right-wing newspaper Il Giornale, owned by the family of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, agreed that illegal immigrants should be kept out.
The majority of workers in Rosarno lived in a disused factory just outside the town of 15,000 inhabitants, with just eight chemical toilets and three showers for 1,000 people.
Compared with other immigrants camping out in freezing conditions in old farm buildings, those living among the factory’s old machines and pipes were the lucky ones.
According to Italy’s main trade union CGIL, about 50,000 immigrant workers in Italy live in poor conditions similar to those in Rosarno, being housed in insalubrious huts without running water.
It said immigrants employed as farm labourers earned low wages of around 25 euros ($A39) a day.
One employer, Pasquale Giovinazzo, 60, justified the low wages, saying the African workers were less experienced than Italians.
The union also accused the mafia of controlling the sector and criticised Maroni’s statement, saying immigrants were paid “miserable salaries and have terrible hours, similar to slavery”.
F*kc off and take your bleeding hearts with you, fools! In Africa they would have trouble earning a dollar a day…!