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Arrest Of Mayor Of Riace, Italy And Attack On His Migrant Support Programme By Italian Government

EDM number 1722 in 2017-19, proposed by Chris Williamson on 18/10/2018.

That this House expresses great concern with the anti-migrant rhetoric being used by the Italian Government; notes with alarm that the right-wing Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has in the past talked of a mass cleansing of migrants, street by street, and has referred to southern Italians as parasites; commends the town of Riace in Calabria, southern Italy, for its work over 20 years welcoming refugees and providing living accommodation and work in order to offer a dignified life, in contrast to the slave labour and dangerous working conditions many new migrants face; further notes that the migrant welcoming programme in Riace has revitalised what had been a declining rural town plagued by unemployment and outward migration; further commends the administration in Riace for lowering unemployment by growing the local community and economy, preventing the closure of local amenities including schools, against a regional trend of spiralling unemployment, challenging the anti-migrant rhetoric which pits the needs of locals against migrants; further expresses deep concern that on the morning of 2 October 2018, the Mayor of Riace Domenico Lucano was arrested and put under house arrest following a politicised verbal attack on him in June 2018 by Matteo Salvini and the withdrawal of Government funds for the migrant welcome programme; believes that this arrest represents an act of retaliation in response to his courageous campaign against the Italian Government's repressive, dehumanising and exploitative immigration policies; expresses full solidarity with Domenico Lucano and the citizens of Riace now facing repression and eviction; and calls on the Italian Government to drop charges and expulsion orders against Lucano immediately.

This motion has been signed by a total of 14 MPs.

Chris Williamson18/10/2018Derby NorthLabourProposed
Lloyd Russell-Moyle18/10/2018Brighton, KemptownLabour/Co-operativeSeconded
Emma Dent Coad18/10/2018KensingtonLabourSeconded
Dennis Skinner18/10/2018BolsoverLabourSeconded
Sandy Martin18/10/2018IpswichLabourSeconded
Jim Cunningham22/10/2018Coventry SouthLabourSeconded
Kelvin Hopkins22/10/2018Luton NorthLabourSigned
Chris Stephens22/10/2018Glasgow South WestScottish National PartySigned
Jonathan Edwards22/10/2018Carmarthen East and DinefwrPlaid CymruSigned
Hugh Gaffney23/10/2018Coatbridge, Chryston and BellshillLabourSigned
Liz Saville Roberts23/10/2018Dwyfor MeirionnyddPlaid CymruSigned
Alex Sobel24/10/2018Leeds North WestLabour/Co-operativeSigned
Ian Mearns25/10/2018GatesheadLabourSigned
Mary Glindon25/10/2018North TynesideLabourSigned

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