The town of Riace in southern Italy - which has, under its far-left mayor - been paraded as a “model” of integration and support for the African invasion of Europe - has voted in a new anti-invasion mayor and council backed by Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini.
According to disappointed controlled media reports, the Riace’s “dream of migrant integration is over after the recent election which saw an “Italians first” campaign sweep the board.
The new mayor of the town - once dubbed the “global village” by the enthusiastic controlled media - elected Antonio Trifoli, who was backed by Salvini.
“We can’t have 500 to 600 asylum seekers in a town with 1,500 residents,” Trifoli, a former town policeman told AFP.
Trifoli was first on the independent “Riace reborn” list, backed by Savlvini’s Lega Party, whose supporters provided many of the 41.8 percent of the 1,103 votes he won.
“The problem is that we had too many migrants and we lost the spirit of openness there was initially,” said Trifoli.
“A whole economic system developed with the migrants, but without making the village dynamic again… The model destroyed itself,” he said.
Former mayor Domenico “Mimmo” Lucano encouraged the African invaders to come to the town to “show how migrant integration could be done,” the AFP report continued.
But now he is no longer even a member of the town council after his left-backed list lost in the elections, and he has been barred from the town, following charges that he illegally awarded town garbage disposal tenders to Africans, and setting up fake marriages to help African women stay in the country after their asylum applications were rejected.
“Here, we need order and discipline,” said agricultural engineer Claudio Falchi, a Milan native who moved here 25 years ago. Three years ago he became Lega leader in Riace.
“They were fighting among themselves, they didn’t want the crucifix, or the creche,” Falchi said.
“It’s not racism, it’s just that this is our home. We welcome them and then they make problems.”
Over the years the town took in around 6,000 African invaders, who created their own communities and even launched their own currency stamped with the heads of Nelson Mandela or Martin Luther King.
The Lega was the big winner in last month’s European parliamentary elections, taking more than 34 percent of national votes.
On the southern island of Lampedusa, where many migrants arrived after making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean, the Lega won more than 45 percent of votes.