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Globalists push to imprison Matteo Salvini over migrant policy (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the senators in Italy who voted on Wednesday to lift immunity for popular, nation state leader Matteo Salvini, opening the way for a trial over accusations that he illegally detained migrants in the Mediterranean Sea last year.


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Having voted to lift his immunity from prosecution, the Italian Senate has cynically followed the US Democrats’ playbook by creating a legal sideshow to combat the growing popularity of the League’s Matteo Salvini.

Salvini’s 14-month term as Italy’s interior minister was a rollercoaster ride, as he ruled the national political agenda and built a massive power base – much to the chagrin of his former political allies, who are now exacting their revenge.

The Senate vote to lift his parliamentary immunity, meaning a prison sentence of up to 15 years comes into play, is the first step of the traditional ruling class towards stopping the political force that is Salvini – who, even in opposition, has barely spent a day out of the headlines.

Because the political establishment, particularly those convinced that they were born to rule, do not like politicians such as Matteo Salvini, Donald Trump, or Nigel Farage.

These figures get under their skin, because they have a knack for connecting with voters that just comes naturally. They don’t need teams of speechwriters and ear-whisperers constantly trying to read a mood and steer a course. They just know it.

With a fair amount of energy, a smart phone and a Twitter account, they can wreak havoc with establishment ambition, deliver results that no-one expected, and create power from unlikely liaisons. They are pragmatic, charismatic men.

And the establishment is determined to stop them.

So Salvini, the head of the right-wing Northern League Party, is now in his own Italian version of Trump’s impeachment sideshow, facing trial on kidnap charges for refusing to allow more than 100 migrants to disembark from a coast guard ship off Sicily in August 2019.

At the time of the incident, Salvini was riding high, outraging the establishment and delighting his growing band of supporters with his hardline stance on immigration. He was also in a coalition government with the Five Star Movement (MS5), and could rely on their support to face down opposition.

He was involved in around 25 standoffs with rescue ships trying to offload migrants but stood firm, much to the delight of ordinary people and the fury of the establishment and the EU.

But after a rare misfire last year, he finds himself on the outside, with former partner MS5 now ruling alongside their new PD (Democratic Party) friends in Rome.

Having worked in the European Parliament alongside both the League and MS5 during separate terms as members of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group, I know that there is no love lost between the members of these two hugely ambitious parties. If one sees an opportunity to wound the other, it will seize it without delay.

Still burning from Salvini’s audacious move to collapse their coalition and force national elections last year – an uncharacteristic mistake by Salvini, who dismissed the possibility of erstwhile enemies teaming up against him – MS5 and their pals are no longer to bound to support Italy’s most popular politician, and will relish the chance to help bring him down.

It shows the scale of Salvini’s power that all this effort is being spent on a politician who isn’t even in government. Il fenomeno Salvini has been languishing on the opposition benches since last August, but still he towers over the political landscape.

So much so, in fact, that even though the League did not win the recent Emilia-Romagna elections (they were never really expected to), their strong performance – up more than 11 percent in the traditionally PD-held region, largely at the expense of the poorly performing MS5 – was enough to rattle Rome. It doesn’t take too much imagination to believe the current move against Salvini is a response to that result.

After all, there are six more regional elections this year, and each time the League performs well, it undermines the fragile governing MS5-PD coalition even further. It’s like death by a thousand cuts.

If Salvini can be subjected to a show trial on inflated charges of kidnapping, maybe that will have an effect on his electoral showing and stop the League steam train in its tracks.

If it backfires, which it has every chance of doing, then maybe it will bring down the Italian government. In that case, there is only one winner: step forward, Matteo Salvini.

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Olivia Kroth
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Thank you for this interesting analysis, Alex and Alexander. It looks like the globalists are afraid of Salvini. After Brexit, Italexit might follow which will be a nightmare for the globalists. Their dream of EU vanishing in thin air ….

Olivia Kroth
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If Salvini wins everybody wins.
Salvini is also pro-Russia.

Olivia Kroth
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ITALEXIT ! PRONTO ! AVANTI !

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donnasaggia

The Italian government should learn a lesson from the Trump impeachment circus in America, which only made Trump stronger. Salvini will come out of this trial as a martyr — and the people will love him.

Allen Sarvinas
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Allen Sarvinas

Like Trump? Netanyahu? Democracy is only ok as long as progressives get their way.

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David Bowlas

Oh fantastic put this guy in prison for standing up for his own countries best interests and the ones who were complicit in starting the illegal war in Iraq built on lies killing a million people are still swanning around free as birds. The justice systems in almost all the countries on this planet are corrupt.

oldandjaded
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Right. And how has reliance on the integrity of the EU “justice system” worked out for Oriol Junqueras, Joaquim Forn, Santi Vila et-all? Salvini better pack a new toothbrush, he’s going to be gone a while. This will undoubtedly trigger a violent anti-EU reaction in Italy, but look at France. The elites don’t give a rosy red rats ass about that, in fact, they see it as suiting their corporate fascist ends.

lynette cracknell chaplin
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lynette cracknell chaplin

Alexander Mercouris I have always been impressed by your discussions, but on my country Italy I believe you are wrong. I am a member of the 5 star movement, which by the way is not disintegrating, is anti globalist and will not be defined as right or left wing. Being anti establishment it has the press and the system against them but, notwithstanding what the polls say, has popular support especially in the south. Regarding your praise of Salvini, he will have to answer for having forbidden an Italian coast guards ship for coming into an Italian port which surely… Read more »

oldandjaded
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“Salvini, he will have to answer for having forbidden an Italian coast guards ship for coming into an Italian port which surely would be an offence in any country”

If this is correct, it does shed a somewhat different light on the narrative. I am not at all suggesting you are not telling the truth, but can you provide a source? I am interested to unpack this.

oldandjaded
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Gaurdian article, but a iffy, EU mouthpiece source, not totally convincing. I will see what else I can find.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/21/italy-refugees-salvini-refuses-coastguard-ship-docks-diciotti

oldandjaded
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Confirmed by Breitbart. Looks to me like Salvini has a problem. Not sure if kidnapping is the right charge, but when I first got wind of this story, I assumed it was a privately owned people smuggling vessel. I am no lawyer, but I think the fact that it was an Italian coast guard vessel could open a real can of legal worms for Salvini. I suppose the fact that it was an Italian government owned vessel and he was acting in a official capacity, could make it “kidnapping”? I thought it was a question of him not allowing a… Read more »

lynette cracknell chaplin
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lynette cracknell chaplin

It was an Italian Coast Guard’s ship that rescued the immigrants,

Olivia Kroth
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What is “your country”, lynette cracknell chaplin? You sound like a CIA plant hatched in Langley, Virginia.

lynette cracknell chaplin
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lynette cracknell chaplin

Might I say Olivia Kroth that you are arrogant and rude, I am South African born and have become an Italian citizen after having lived in Italy for 50 years. I detest the injustice of power politics in this world, apartheid when applied in South Africa as well as the apartheid apllied in occupied Palestine and all the war mongering coming out of Washington etc etc- I deserve an apology from you. I suggest you get yourself better informed from true sources regarding Italian politics before forming an opinion. You will never find me in Tel Aviv|||

oldandjaded
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She is mentally ill, an anti-Asian Euro-chauvinist and a sociopath. Take a look at her comments on this thread.
https://theduran.mystagingwebsite.com/cheat-on-your-husband-encourages-the-daily-telegraph/

Olivia Kroth
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Buzz off to Tel Aviv, crackpot chaplin!

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