A 36-year-old Tunisian fell to his death leaning out from the balustrade of the terrace on top of Spezia cathedral, dying on the concrete, and comments with a clear racist background are appearing on the web: “One less”, “We will all end up in the coffin if the boats continue to arrive”, “One less to pay for”. The head of the Socialist group in the Liguria region, Raffaella Paita, criticised the comments in remarks he made and called on the administrators of internet sites to “control the content”.
“Celebrating the death of a man who dies falling from the balcony of a cathedral,” said Paita, “is a sign of incivility. It doesn’t matter if he is an immigrant. Comments of this nature are expressions of an unjustified malice, capable of exacerbating an already difficult climate and not only due to the arrival of immigrants. The conspicuous presence of cynical phrases is the sign of an intolerant culture in which we find ourselves ever more immersed.”
Here is just another excuse to control the internet. We are no longer allowed to express our true feelings. Freedom of speech is the ability to say what someone feels which others may not agree with. Of course we have drawn boundaries….yelling fire in a crowded theater. It is very similar to criminals using guns and law abiding citizens having to give theirs up in return. While some may feel that those who are happy about his death are callous it amazes me that many of these people are the same who have called for the execution of those who they do not agree with.
This is the result of what happens when we put restrictions on freedom. At what point are they no longer for the so called public good but in reality a way to suppress opposition or viewpoints.