The room in Brescia is definitely
overcrowded. There are ten people living in it, mother, father, son, daughter,
uncle, daughter-in-law and three children, not to mention dogs and canaries,
on a carpet of mattresses going from wall to wall, stacked up during the
One evil night, in a lonely farmhouse, the
Italian owner shoots at an Italian thief who is running away. The magistrate
charges the owner, and many frightened people ask, how can you treat somebody
like a criminal for having defended himself? The Roma understand the problem
even better than the others do, because nobody lives in greater danger
or less protected by the government than them.
The three right-wing parties, Lega Nord,
Forza Italia and Alleanza Nazionale, organize a major demonstration. The
Gypsies must be driven out, they cry. The Gypsies have nothing to do with
what happened, but nobody cares. Forza Italia and Alleanza Nazionale had
supported D'Alema's war, but the Lega had been courageous enough to oppose
it; now however they are too stupid to understand that the Roma are here
because of the war.
This newspaper photo - taken at the anti-Rom demonstration - shows
the unforgettable statuesque pose of the idiot on the far right: though
he seems to have few hairs on his head, the flag he is waving carries the
words "Youth Action"
Paolo Corsini is the left-wing mayor of
Brescia. Left-wing today means, knowing how to smile and to seem to be
on the "moral" side of things whatever you do.
During a meeting of the Town Council, Corsini
speaks after listening carefully to all the speakers. The poor Roma (the
left is always politically correct, they would never say "Gypsies"), look
at how they live in those camps, without toilets, overcrowded, too many
of them. So, the good mayor decides, within two days the extra human beings
must disappear or be deported to camps at Rimini or Cosenza.
The unlivable camps of course were those
created by the mayor. Who never had a thought for how they lived before,
until his political opposition brought the issue up. If the camps
are overcrowded, the fault lies with the war which the party of the mayor
so strongly wanted. However, some people can get away with anything; and
this is how they snatch the bone away from the Right. No wonder they are
in power around most of Europe.
The 48 hour ultimatum expires. At eight in
the morning on October 19, the town police come and find the camp almost
empty, not even the washing hanging out. But what happened to Lulzim and
his family, twice refugees in a few weeks?
Fleeing again: Altna, Anela, Xhevrija and Emir
Without hesitating a moment, a rather overwhelming
lady takes them all into her home. She belongs to the same party as the
mayor, she believes in Reiki and in the power of crystals and even in D'Alema,
terrorizes meat-eaters and her house is full of powerful pyramids. But
at the right moment she knows where to stand. Thank you, Ivana!
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