Italian police declared that after questioning the shooter of yesterday’s attacks on immigrants, Mr Luc Traini appeared “lucid and determined, aware of what he had done.”
In the meantime, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni spoke in Rome calling for a pause of the election campaign (Italy has parliamentary elections on 4 March 2018) while calling for calm. He also warned that “the state will be particularly severe against whoever thinks of feeding the spiral of violence.”
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It is now quite certain that after yesterday’s events the anti-foreigner sentiment of many Italians has become the key theme of these elections. Italy has struggled with the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants in the last few years coming across the Mediterranean Sea in smugglers’ boats, certainly after neighbouring countries put up walls and Austria and Germany decided to cap the number of entrants, most of them end up staying in Italy.
Saturday’s killing spree has by now been linked to the murder of an Italian girl by a Nigerian drug gang.
Colonel Michele Roberti, the Carabineri commander in Macerata, admitted that “it’s likely that he carried out this crazy gesture as a sort of retaliation, a sort of vendetta.”
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The head of the nationalist Northern League party, Mr Matteo Salvini, had spoken about the teen’s killing (for which many assume this was a revenge shooting spree) in campaign appearances already before Saturday.
His party pledges to deport 150,000 migrants in his first year in office if his party wins control of parliament.