Dress with honesty

Dear readers,

here I am again.

In a grey, rainy day here in Florence, Italy.

We are living in a quite delicate moment in history. Lots of things, mostly bad, happening around the globe.

And I just would like to make a sad comparison between my country Italy, and US.

Yes, because we are having political elections on the 4th of March 2018, and I do not want to see happening the same thing that American people have faced in United States with Trump election.

Yes. The situation is not too different for some aspects.

We have elections for the parliament and the other chamber, in Italy we have two different chambers, and a quite complicated legislation system: laws need to pass first in one chamber, then in the other one before complete approval.

And on the 4th of March also, the party who will get more seats will be also in charge of forming the new government that will be in charge for another 5 years deciding the direction of our country not only for inner regulations but also concerning our position in Europe and in the world with the international global market and decisions.

It is very scary.

Because we just face here a rise back of Fascism, yes, you heard well, people who miss those horrible years of our history, when we were allied of the Nazi.

Fortunately not everyone. And we managed in the past to get the Republic and a true democracy and freedom, with loss of lives to defend people rights and principles of equality, free press, free speech. But now it seems it was done for nothing because people want to lose all that and miss the dictatorship.

I think the news of what is happening here in these days are spread worldwide.

Breafly.

There is a huge hate spread around due to immigration and fear spread with fake news of invasions from African countries. Actually in total here arrived in these last years just the 0,83% of our population, so not an invasion at all! But far right parties have spoken of threat for security and so on.

Saying 600.000 people, while in reality the numbers are much lower, around 400.000 spread in years, so as I said for a total of 0,83% of our population.

And generally speaking in Italy we have an average of 8% of “strangers” in our population, it means living here people also coming from European countries, which is not a huge number after all. And personally I am in favour of anyone. I have lived myself 4 years in London and more than one year in Paris and no one has ever really discriminated me for working there, for being manager of a shop, or directing a whole supermarket department … Here in Italy there are now crazy people who even think that immigrants steal jobs! Madness!

Also these racists far right extremists also do not consider that there is a huge difference between immigrants and people who are born here, live here, study and grow here, have family here, will live here. And still we haven’t been able to make a law been approved about them, the so called Ius Solis, which is for giving citizenship to the people who are actually Italian because speak Italian, live here, are born here, or arrived here when little, study here, work here, have family here, friends, and want a future here. It is very unfair that these persons who are Italian, are not recognized yet as Italian citizens and have to wait till when 18 years old for long burocracy procedures to obtain the citizenship.

Going back to the recent news.

A girl was found dead, chopped and put in two suitcases. She was drug addicted. A Nigerian illegal immigrant was found guilty of hiding the body. Still not sure about what happened. But the spread of hate was so huge that a member of the far right Lega (Salvini leader) party decided to take a car, a gun, and go around the city where this happened (Macerata city) and shot 6 innocent people just because they had black colored skin.

The problem is that the political party of Salvini did not fire this person, who now is in jail, they did not completely condemned it but justified him and people praised him, saying that there are too many immigrants. And this is so awful.

This is very serious. We are having a true threat to our democracy, to the costitutional principles of human equality and we cannot accept discriminations of any kind and this hate spread is just madness.

Reading the news there are lots of more Italian persons involved in horrible murders and facts like rapes and so on than immigrants, but in this climate of elections, these crazy far right fascists racists just think all the fault has to be found in immigration.

So I wrote this article for everyone to help us spread a true message of democracy and equality principles. I do not want a Mr Trump like to be elected here, to start deportations of immigrants, and to praize white people! We are all the same. Skin color does not define a person!

Also there is something very bad happened: that crazy guy also shot our party building in that city (Macerata), and what’s more, there is a hacker who entered yesterday in our political party of Florence (The Partito Democratico, PD, of Florence), and they put on the web all the names of our members, so even mine, with sensible data like the address and phone numbers.

They want to threat democracy. They want to win elections on fear. This is not a fair way to do political campaigns.

And also there are so many fake news spread around.

There is another political party that is quite scary the Movimento 5 stelle, where there is Luigi Di Maio leader who is just a mask. It is a private society. So here as well, no democracy! A private society that controls the party in the name of Davide Casaleggio, the owner of the society. So not a party where citizens are free in decisions or democratically organised. This man, Davide Casaleggio controls everything. People will pay 300 euros each. It has a web platform called Rousseau where they made people vote for the leader Luigi Di Maio, but actually it was not a secret vote, as it should be. Because of the platform, Davide Casaleggio can track every voter, even months after it remains the track. So where is democracy if citizens have no real privacy of vote? And the party is not like ours, democratically organised. It is a private society! Also Davide Casaleggio lied about it and actually about his position. They also create lots of fake news and spread them on social networks. They lie to people. They have put in the lists a man who was caught dancing with the Spada clan, mafia people! And the people of their party who are in charge now of cities like Rome and Turin just show the incapability of governament.

Just some last conclusions.

We as a party, PD, Partito Democratico, believe in honesty.

This elections campaign is not made in the name of honesty by other parites. And with hate spread and insults and continous fake news also about our party!

There is the risk for our economy, they want to go out of the European Union. There is a huge risk for democracy and people rights and equality.

And hate is huge. People shout and incourage fear and spread fake news about everything.

Thanks for reading me.

I would need all your moral support.

It is a very tough time and I really do not want to face the same horror America is facing with Trump elections.

The far right, Berlusconi party (who is together with Salvini), they have in their program a law that will make poor people and rich ones pay the same taxes! (flat tax) completely unfair and not constitutional! It is like Trump cutting rich people taxes.

We must stop all this before it is too late!

Thanks again to you all.

Take care

Barbara

 

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