Left-wing extremists in Italy get jail time for attacking vehicles, assaulting reporter

Leftist violence has become a noticeable, growing problem in many Western countries, with conservatives complaining that the perpetrators often go unpunished and are typically shielded by the mainstream media.

However, according to Breitbart, that certainly wasn’t the case in Italy last week as a number of left-wing extremists were sentenced to prison as a result of their past violent actions, which stemmed from a 2014 incident in Bologna.

Breitbart noted that 11 of the 16 defendants in the case will face up to 18 months behind bars, along with hefty fines, for attacking a group of vehicles that contained Sen. Matteo Salvini and other members of his populist party known as the League (Lega).

What’s more, four of the defendants out of those 11 were also found guilty of assaulting Enrico Barbetti, a reporter who writes for the Italian newspaper Il Resto del Carlino.

“Great satisfaction” in verdict

Two of the assailants will head to prison for a year and were ordered to pay the victims €10,000, the U.S. dollar equivalent of $11,858. The remaining defendants were given shorter sentences and must pay €2,500 to each of the three victims.

Salvini was quoted as welcoming the news, saying: “Great satisfaction for me and for the Bolognese. Violence is never the solution. Bologna, home to Europe’s oldest university, does not deserve to be smeared by a few delinquents.”

Posters call for Salvini’s murder

Breitbart added that this was not the only time Salvini had been a target of potential violence, as in 2018, some of his opponents put up disturbing posters which called for the senator to be killed.

The action was carried out by an organization known as Autonomous University Collective (CUA), and happened when Salvini was serving as Italy’s interior minister.

The images featured a close-up picture of Salvini with a set of rifle crosshairs superimposed over his face. A caption read, “Assassin. Take aim at this.”

Leftists try to justify

The leftist group attempted to justify its actions in a Facebook post at the time, declaring, “Today, from via Zamboni, the heart of the university area, the cry of hostility and contempt for racism and the supremacist policies put in place by the new interior minister in recent months has risen.”

It went on to blame Salvini’s “policies of hatred, exclusion and white supremacism,” a reference to the hardline that he has taken on the subject of illegal immigration.

For his part, Salvini seemed unbothered, stating, “In Bologna, the usual children of fathers of the Self-managed social centres put a viewfinder on me with the inscription Assassin. What a pain. I think a few months of civilian or military service would do them good, what do you think?”

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