The Italian Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, recently talked about the necessity of a census of the country’s Romani community. In his vision non Italian Romani would have to be expelled and, as he said “Unfortunately, you have to keep the Italian Romani people in Italy”. National and international reactions came soon, and strongly criticized and outcried that statement. Moreover, the Minister’s proposal comes right after the internationally famous issue of the Aquarius refugee boat, that created a tense political environment in Italy dramatically dividing the public opinion. The famous words of Martin Niemöller, clearly pronounced in a totally different and uncomparable moment, still greatly underline the threat and danger of intolerance.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.