BRUSSELS – In recent weeks, many Muslim citizens have been victims of violence in Puglia and also in other cities of Italy which has been carried out by unidentified persons. In Bari a young Muslim and “was hooded and beaten up” executive of the Italian Islamic Community, Sharif Lorenzini, added that the violence began after the April 30 arrest of members of a terrorist cell in Puglia.
A Letter from the Islamic Community to Napolitano (the Newly re-elected President). Italian piazzas have become spaces of heated tensions where popular discontent is most visible. Today, on behalf of the Italian Islamic community Sharif Lorenzini, Vice President of the Islamic Community in Puglia wrote a letter to Giorgio Napolitano, the newly re-elected president. Lorenzini has become the face of resistance against Muslim hostility including leading the charge against those who call for Muslims to leave Italy. Lorenzini called for Napolitano to eliminate all forms of social tensions. If the tensions are not addressed, Muslims will protest in Piazzas across Italy according to Lorenzini.
A new memorial is expected to be unveiled on the island of Lampedusa, near Sicily, to serve as a memorial and reminder of the thousands of would-be migrants to Italy, that have died during their travels. It is not certain the number of migrants that have died in the past 20 years of this escalation in illegal immigration, but some estimated that as many as 12,000 may have perished in the journey. Most of the migrants trying to reach Italy come by way of North Africa, hoping to seek a better life in Italy. The Italian office of the UNHCR, the Italian Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the southern Italian regions of Puglia and Sicily will sponsor the memorial in Lampedusa.