Silvio Berlusconi Is Plastering Milan with Racist Posters
Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi is pretty pissed off that his friend and Mayor of Milan, Letizia Moratti lost in the first round of elections to a candidate from the left. So he did what any racist European leader would do when faced with a decline in popularity: he turned on minorities in his country. Berlusconi wrote this on his website:
Milan cannot turn into an Islamic city, a zingaropoli [Gypsytown] full of Roma camps, besieged by foreigners to whom the left wants to give the right to vote.
That sounds familiar. And, he's been plastering the city with posters warning that Milan will become a "zingaropoli" unless his ultra right wing party maintains power.
[FT, BBC; Fellow Romaphobe Nicolas Sarkozy defers to Berlusconi on issues of hatred and fear, via Getty]