“Islam Must Stop:” Forza Nuova Organizes a Protest against a Mosque

It is a black October in Ravenna. Forza Nuova’s local militants are now promoting a protest in front of a new Mosque on the afternoon of Saturday, October 26. “Lepanto taught us, Islam must stop,” it’s that black and white. The first blitz against the Muslim community was carried out on October 10, a day marked in history by the neo-fascist Romagna group. It was carried out three days after the historic battle of 7 October 1571, which saw the defeat of the Ottoman fleet by the Holy League of Pope Pius V. Now the intention is to proceed with a second protest rally in front of the second largest mosque in Italy, assuming that the police grant the gathering.

Two days before the commemoration of the March on Rome, Ravenna Forza Nuova is keen to “declare their total opposition.” The group’s Facebook page states “we are always firmly against both the Islamic invasion and against the establishment of Islamic cultural centers and mosques; places of worship. Aggregation and integration of Catholicism is only a facade. The dialogue between Christians and Muslims will never exist, there can be no constructive dialogue with a religion based on hatred. Islam is a scourge of which we can and must respond and fight with our Roman and Christian roots.” It is clear that dialogue with the followers of Allah, fascists think like the chaplain Giulio Maria Tam, who every year harangue for those nostalgic days led by Duce Mussolini.

For now, the members of the garrison of 26 October number little more than fifty, but the event was created announced a few days ago. Desideria Raggi, provincial manager of Forza Nuova, ensures that many people will take part, “if state institutions filibuster my first request then we will be forced to move the garrison to another day. In that case the state will unleash anger from members and sympathizers of the movement, as happened in June with the procession in Rimini against the ius soli.”

The militants of Forza Nouva defaced a banner on October 10. When the defaced banner was discovered by Basel Ahmed, an Iraqi architect and the president of the center of culture and Islamic Studies in Romagna he was limited to stigmatize the act as “rude.” A balanced reaction, whose act was condemned by the council of Ravenna.

“The mosque was inaugurated in the presence of the prefect and all the heads of law enforcement” says the mayor of the Democratic Party Fabrizio Matteucci “because everyone has a right to pray to the god they believe. After the raid on October 10, I heard that someone is thinking of organizing a counter-demonstration, but my invitation is to ignore and isolate the initiative of Forza Nuova. The police will maintain order. The same Basel Ahmed has said he wants to completely trust the authorities; this is an example of great seriousness on the part of the Muslim community of Ravenna. Now we have to wait for a decision to be made on whether the demonstration will be allowed.

Il Fatto Emilia Romagna: http://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/2013/10/15/ravenna-forza-nuova-organizza-manifestazione-contro-moschea-islam-va-fermato/744925/

Northern League Uses Facebook Profile to use anti-Islam rhetoric

April 27, 2013

Milan- “To keep away the Islamists,” posted Mauro Manfredini of the Northern League about his terracotta pigs in his garden which were used instead of dwarfs. The leader of the Northern League in the Regional Council of Emilia-Romagna, published yesterday on Facebook a photo of his backyard, where there are five statues of pink pigs and he posted the caption: “To keep away the Islamists,” because Muslims do not typically eat pork. Manfredini criticized the media for picking up the story and not focusing on unemployment in the region and recent natural disasters.

Bologna’s mayor backtracks on mosque; project ‘badly handled,’ says scholar

A controversial project to build a mosque in Bologna has been scrapped, due to lack of agreement from local Muslims concerning two key conditions. The city’s Islamic Cultural Centre failed to reply to a letter laying town two essential conditions for the mosque to go ahead; the city’s councillor, Virginio Merola says this indicated a disagreement with the city council over the project. The city council’s letter asked for (1) a foundation to be set up to ensure transparency over funding for the planned mosque, and (2) that Bologna’s Muslim community distance itself from Italy’s largest Muslim group – the Union of Islamic Communities of Italy (UCOII). While plans for the mosque construction have now fallen through, Bologna’s Islamic Cultural Centre says it remains committed to building the mosque, despite opposition. A former coordinator for the mosques in the Emilia Romagna region, Hasan Giulio Soravia , criticized leaders for failing to break away from the UCOII, the largest Muslim group in Italy. The UCOII has many members that belong to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood movement, and as such, Muslim projects in Italy have been encouraged to sever ties with the association. However, Soravia remains hopeful, that Muslims in Italy will e able to forge their own Islam that distances itself from the logic of Arab states.