Can This Grassroots Movement Stop the Rise of the Far Right in Italy?

Italians are going to the polls in seven regional elections this month. The regional elections will be a test to see if Matteo Salvini’s Far-Right League Party will take over in traditional left-leaning strongholds.

In January, before Italy was the epicenter of Europe’s COVID-19 crisis, VICE News traveled to Emilia-Romagna to meet the Sardines, a left-leaning, grassroots movement that played a role in preventing the League from winning. It meant Salvini, didn’t have the power call for early national elections like he hoped. But with Italy facing another round of regional elections in September many are asking if the Sardines will be able to stop the League again. 

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Salvini is heckled during visit to virus-hit ‘ghetto’ in southern Italy | AFP

Protesters throw water at Italian far-right leader Matteo Salvini as he arrives to a council estate in Mondragone, where a cluster of coronavirus cases among Bulgarian farm workers has fueled tension with locals. IMAGES

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People gather in Rome for far-right rally | AFP

Supporters of far-right politician Matteo Salvini gather in Rome ahead of a rally. Many in the crowd wore face masks as the country only recently came out of a months-long lockdown aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus. IMAGES

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Italy Senate to vote on migrant trial for far-right head Salvini | AFP

Italian senators debate whether far-right leader Matteo Salvini should face trial on charges of illegally detaining migrants at sea last year, for which he could be jailed for 15 years. IMAGES

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Salvini holds rally a week ahead of Emilia-Romagna regional vote | AFP

Italy’s far-right Lega party leader and former interior minister, Matteo Salvini, holds a rally in Emilia-Romagna, a week before the regional elections. IMAGES

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Italy’s youth-driven anti far-right Sardine Movement rally in Rome | AFP

Members of Italy’s youth-driven Sardine Movement rally in Rome, in their bid to further shake up the country’s politics and battle xenophobia. The “Sardines” have become a symbol of protest against the far-right firebrand leader Matteo Salvini, who served as interior minister and deputy prime minister in Italy’s previous coalition government and cracked down on immigration. IMAGES

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Italian far-right League holds rally in Pontida at annual meeting | AFP

Matteo Salvini, head of the Italian far-right League, holds a rally at their annual meeting in Pontida. IMAGES before Matteo Salvini’s speech

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Italy in limbo after PM Conte attacks Salvini and resigns | AFP

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigns after lashing out at far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for pursuing his own interests by pulling the plug on the government coalition.

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Migrant rescue ship with 147 migrants arrives off Lampedusa (2) | AFP Images

Spanish humanitarian ship Open Arms arrives off the island of Lampedusa with 147 migrants on board, after a judge in Rome suspended far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s decree banning them from Italy’s territorial waters. IMAGES

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Italy marks bridge disaster in shadow of political crisis | AFP

Italy marks a year since the Genoa motorway bridge collapse that killed 43 people, as the country grapples with a political crisis sparked by far-right leader Matteo Salvini. IMAGES

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Italy: Salvini closes Europe’s one-time largest migrant centre | AFP

Far-right Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini closes what was one Europe’s biggest migrant reception centre, in Mineo, Sicily. At its peak in 2014, Mineo housed more than 4,100 people. Its population then steadily dropped and when anti-migrant Salvini and the populist Five Star Movement came to power in June last year, it housed 2,500.

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Italy’s Salvini present for closure of Mineo migrant reception centre | AFP

What was once Europe’s biggest migrant reception centre, in Mineo in Sicily, is to officially close in the presence of its biggest critic, far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. IMAGES

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Pope calls on politicians not to ‘sow hate’ | AFP

Pope Francis says politicians should “never sow hatred and fear” in an answer to a question about Matteo Salvini, Italy’s strongman and leader of the far-right.

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Europe’s multinational parliament

Videographic illustrating and explaining the various key institutions of the European Union. Europe’s mainstream political parties took a hit in elections on Sunday but held off a strong surge by the populist right of Marine Le Pen, Matteo Salvini and Nigel Farage.VIDEOGRAPHICS

Sea Watch rescue ship approaches Sicilian coast

Migrants aboard Sea Watch are hopeful as the rescue ship approaches the Sicilian coast, despite Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini insisting that the country’s ports are closed to migrants. The Dutch-flagged vessel, which is operated by the German charity Sea Watch, picked up 47 migrants and asylum-seekers — including eight minors — six days ago off the coast of Libya as they made the treacherous Mediterranean crossing.

‘I hope French people will free themselves from Macron’ – Salvini

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‘European Spring’: Salvini wants end to Franco-German axis on continent

Italy’s Euroskeptic deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini has said he wants Italy and Poland to join together to create a “European Spring” which could end the long-standing French and German domination on the continent.

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French cops drop off migrants in Italian woods, Salvini furious

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Italian anti-immigration leader Matteo Salvini has labeled French President Emmanuel Macron an ‘international embarrassment’ after policemen were spotted dropping off migrants in an Italian forest on the countries’ shared border. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9gkw

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Salvini threatens to close airports if Germany sends back migrants to Italy

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Rome has still not reached an agreement with Berlin on the repatriation of asylum seekers who had first registered in Italy, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said, vowing to close airports to German flights transferring refugees.

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