AN ITALIAN mayor has come under fire after saying he will shoot ’n*****s and gypsies’ and build a pig farm next to mosques as tensions continue to rise over migration.
More than 160,000 asylum seekers have been housed in Italy since the start of 2014, according to date from the interior ministry.
Italy has been one of the first destinations along migrants typical routes for months, receiving thousands of new arrivals who continue to risk their lives to cross the Mediterranean on rickety smuggler’s boats.
Speaking on La Zanzara on Radio 24, Joe Formaggio said: “Immigrants? If they send them to us, we will protect our houses. We are proud to be racists.”
More than 160,000 asylum seekers have been housed in Italy since the start of 2014
Italy has been one of the first destinations along migrants’ typical routes
Amid possible plans to open a mosque in the city, he claimed he would open a “large farm of pigs if they open a mosque here”.
Mr Formaggio added: ”If refugees are sent here to Albettone, the barricades in Gorino will be seen as nothing.
“Here we do not want immigrants, n*****s or gypsies. They have a lower IQ: history proves it.
“And we do not want anyone to come and bother us. They risk their lives around us.”
The comments were deemed so strong that the Secretary General of the Vicenza Chamber has been forced to intervene.
Calling the comments “irresponsible”, Giampaolo Zanni said: “The Chamber of Vicenza totally rejects the Mayor of Albetton’s statements about the black population.
“None of us underestimates the problems arising from migration, the integration of people who arrive in our country and the reception of refugees fleeing from war and violence.
“But responses like those of the Mayor of Albettone are not only xenophobic and racist, but are also dangerous as they encourage feelings of racial hatred, and therefore are in stark contrast to the values of our constitution.”