Milan government to evict illegal migrant squatters – to build a mosque

The Milan government has announced it will clean up an area long squatted by illegal African migrants – to turn the site into a new mosque and Islamic centre.

The building, located along Via Esterle in the northeast of the city, has been occupied illegally for years, with local residents complaining to the government about problems with crime but receiving little response from the government.

Now, according to populist Lega city councilor Silvia Sardone, Milan Mayor Beppe Sala’s government is seeking to weed out the squatters in order to build a new mosque, according to the newspaper. The Giornale reports.

“As the answer given to me by Deputy Mayor Scavuzzo shows, the municipality is in no hurry to evict the old public toilets in Via Esterle illegally occupied by dozens of illegal African immigrants over the past six years,” Sardone said.

“He will only do this to make space for the House of Muslim Culture, which has obtained these spaces to build a large mosque. The Muslims ask and the municipality executes,” she said, adding that “for the left, the Italians count less than the Muslim communities to whom everything is granted.”

Sardone has highlighted the problems of illegal migrants occupying buildings in Milan for years, including a former school in 2021 that has become a haunt of crime and drugs.

“Unfortunately, these are the results of [the Italian Democratic Party’s] rampant reception policies: undocumented migrants, ghosts in the Italian state, who commit repeat crimes while the institutions remain silent,” said Sardone, posting a video of the illegally occupied area on social media .

Sardone was also threatened in 2020 after she opposed the construction of a temporary mosque in the city, claiming to have received a message saying: “We foreigners will enter your house and rape you”.

“It will not be these threats of rape or death that will prevent me from denouncing the [Democratic Party’s] submission to certain Islamic communities and risks to the city,” Sardone said in response to the threats.

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