Salvini Calls for 'Immigration Referendum' to Close Italy's 'Open Borders'
Former interior minister calls for action to stop migrant crisis
Former Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has called for an "immigration referendum" to be held so the public can vote to end the leftist government's "open border" policies in Italy.
The former populist leader made the calls while addressing a crowd of 80,000 of his loyal supporters.
Salvini is promising his people he will initiate a referendum that would block the new leftist coalition from allowing migrant ferries to shuttle-in thousands of third-world migrants into Italy through Italian ports.
Salvini’s revealed his plan before a huge crowd in Pontida on Sunday, while the ex-interior minister accused his former coalition partners the Five Star Movement (M5S) of committing treason, according to RTS.
“We will challenge these traitors who are entrenched in their offices,” Salvini declared as the massive crowd cheered.
“In a few months, there will be a government of the people,” Salvini announced, saying his League Party is preparing to initiate a referendum of Italy’s electoral laws.
A referendum looking to reform Italy’s electoral laws would likely be problematic for Italy's new globalist coalition.
According to Italian law, if at least 500,000 signatures are acquired from Italy’s citizenry, a referendum must be held.
Salvini also revealed that he, along with his party, would look into additional referendums if the ruling coalition scraps his migration and security decrees and re-opens Italy’s borders to NGO (non-governmental organization) migrant traffickers.
Just last week, the new globalist coalition government invited the "Ocean Viking" vessel to offload an additional 82 African migrants at Italy's Lampedusa island.
The ship is a migrant ferry operated by NGOs SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders.
The Ocean Viking, among other NGO migrant ships operating in the Mediterranean Sea, has been collecting illegal migrants off the coast of North Africa and funneling them into Europe all summer.
Previously, under Salvini’s rule, migrant trafficking ships were blocked from entering Italian waters.
Italy’s #populist leader, #MatteoSalvini, has recently continued his hardline approach to unwanted #migrants in his country by deporting over 1,500 from a refugee camp in Reggio before bulldozing the site.— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) March 12, 2019
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Support for the new globalist coalition among the Italian people is extraordinarily low, according to recent polls.
An IPSOS poll released last week revealed that only about a third of Italians support the new coalition, while more Italians preferred the previous Salvini-led populist coalition.