You will recall that over the weekend, a 28-year-old Italian man shot six African migrants in an attack near Rome, 1 of whom remains hospitalized at this moment.
Mr. Luca Traini shot five men and one woman from Ghana, Mali, and Nigeria in the central city of Macerata.
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According to his lawyer Mr. Giancarlo Giulianelli, who has for the first time spoken to the press, Mr. Traini’s views have earned him numerous messages of support from "ordinary people."
"These messages of solidarity continue to arrive, from all parts of the political spectrum, often from ordinary people and also from left-wing friends from Macerata and also obviously from right-wing people with the same ideology as Luca," Mr. Giulianelli told Italian reporters.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">HAIL LUCA! THOSE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU! The banner reads “Honour to Luca Traini”. <a href="https://t.co/EvcVTsVEFX">pic.twitter.com/EvcVTsVEFX</a></p>— King Charlie (@TheGodCharlie) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheGodCharlie/status/961153878338150400?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 7, 2018</a></blockquote>
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"The messages mostly come from regular people who want to write letters or send money. Some even support the act itself, as though they were happy that he did it.”
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"There are people who say let me know your IBAN (bank details) so I can send money', but my client, although he thanks everyone for the messages, doesn't intend to have any financial support because he wants it to be sent to help Italian families in difficulty."
As we told you, Mr. Traini (who works as a security agent) waited calmly after the shootings, draped in an Italian flag until police arrested him.
Mr. Giulianelli said his client did it because a Nigerian asylum-seeker and drug dealer had murdered an 18-year-old Italian woman in the town.
(In the past day, the mother of Pamela Mastropietro, the 18-year-old who was dismembered by African drug dealers, thanked Mr. Traini for having “lit a candle for Pamela”, even though she did make it clear she opposed violence).
"He went to the gym but then immediately changed his mind because he had this profound hatred inside of him. He lost it, that's what he said. 'I lost it and I wanted to kill black drug dealers'. That was his version."
"Leave aside the politics, Luca was a marginalized person with problems related to his life that exploded with this act. The act obviously had a racial element so it highlights Luca's political ideology. But it was the act of a person who really isn't very well.”
"Luca is not a fascist criminal, he is a boy who needs help."
Italy has elections next month, on 4 March. Immigration will be the main point of these elections now. The nationalist and anti-immigrant parties are riding high in the polls.