Italian police have praised the new migration and security decree drafted by populist interior minister Matteo Salvini, saying that the measures will work to better protect Italian policemen on the street.
Breitbart (h/t Thereza B) National secretary of the FSP state police Valter Mazzetti commented on the new measures saying, “We welcome the decree,” adding that the proposals were a path towards reversing “the tendency to always be ‘against’ the cops”, Italian newspaper Il Giornalereports.
The new security decree has many elements to restrict the operations of migrant transport NGOs, but also contains several measures aimed at protecting police including introducing more severe penalties for those who attack officers during demonstrations or other events such as concerts and sporting events.
Any individual caught launching various weapons such as rockets, flares, fireworks, firecrackers, and other items including clubs and sticks will also face one to four years in prison.
Mazzatti added that police officers across the country were often victims of violence saying: “Every year costs us hundreds of injured officers, because uniforms are targets of gratuitous aggression, only for what they represent, only because they do their duty.”
“The incredible misunderstanding is too widespread that those who dress in the uniform are required to take blows, insults, and offences of every kind, and are obliged to,” he added.
The new migration and security decree was given the green light by the Italian Council of Ministers earlier this week and comes after Salvini and his League party won a historic election victory during the European Parliament elections last month.
Salvini’s policies have resulted in a stunning drop in arrivals of illegal alien (mostly Muslim) migrants from Africa – from nearly 16,000 in 2017 to just 335 so far this year:
Following the election result, Salvini announced that he would be pursuing a more hardline domestic agenda and would push for policies that had been previously ejected by the Five Star Movement, his coalition partner.
Salvini’s change in course has led to instability within the partnership with some predicting that the life of the coalition could be limited as some have claimed Italian President Sergio Mattarella could dissolve the parliament as soon as July.
German national Pia Klemp(below), the former captain of both the Iuventa and the Sea Watch-3 migrant rescue vessels, faces up to twenty years in an Italian prison after being put on trial on charges of suspicion of “help and complicity in illegal immigration.”
THE SALVINI DECREE:
Abolition of humanitarian protection
The decree, amending the provisions of the Consolidated Act on Immigration (Legislative Decree no. 286/98), provides first of all for the abolition of humanitarian protection. This form of protection – additional to the recognition of refugee status and subsidiary protection – used to allow Police Headquarters (Questure) to issue a residence permit for humanitarian reasons to foreign citizens who showed “serious reasons, in particular of a humanitarian nature or resulting from constitutional or international obligations of Italy”. With the Salvini decree, this type of permit can no longer be granted – not even upon appeal.
Refusal and withdrawal of international protection
The previous legislation provided that refugee status could be denied or revoked when the foreigner represented a danger to the public order and public security because of a final conviction for crimes such as murder and sexual harassment. With the Salvini decree, further offences cause the denial or withdrawal of international protection, ranging from harassment or threats to a public official, to aggravated personal injuries, to various offences of theft.
Immediate procedure before the Territorial Commission
New provisions concerning asylum applications are provided for as well. According to the decree, in the event that the asylum seeker is subjected to criminal proceedings or convicted – even with a non-final ruling – for one of the offenses for which refugee status is refused, the police commissioner (questore) is obliged to promptly inform the relevant Territorial Commission. If the asylum application is rejected, the foreigner will be obliged to leave the country, even while the appeal against the decision of the Commission is pending.
Detention of asylum seekers
The decree also introduces the possibility of detaining asylum seekers in hotspots for 30 days in order to ascertain their identity and citizenship. If this is not possible, asylum seekers may also be detained in Repatriation Centres for up to 180 days.
The Salvini decree also modifies the legislative framework concerning foreigners who have obtained Italian citizenship. The latter will in fact be withdrawn if the foreigner poses a threat to national security because he or she has been convicted with a final ruling of crimes committed for terrorism or subversion purposes.