At a migrant centre?
Wow, who could have possibly seen something like that happening?
ITALY HAS BROKEN up a mafia ring accused of infiltrating one of the country’s largest migrant reception centres and capitalising on asylum seekers with the help of a Catholic association, police said today.
And anyone who claimed before that this migrant crisis was a money making scam that was being encouraged in order to enrich certain people, was dismissed as “racist” and “xenophobic”. But of course, the truth always comes out eventually. You can be sure that the Mafia weren’t the only ones making money out of this though. “Legitimate” organisations are as well.
The Arena clan, a family belonging to the powerful ‘Ndrangheta crime syndicate, allegedly made a fortune by supplying services for the centre at Isola di Capo Rizzuto and syphoning off money from the state destined for the migrants.
Plenty of money going around to help take care of the African migrants who are pretending to flee the war in Syria. This is despite the fact that austerity is being forced on the Italian people at the same time. So the Italian taxpayers are seeing their tax burden rise and their services cut, in order to meet the demands of austerity. Meanwhile, taxes are being diverted to look after useless people like this who will forever be an economic burden… and there isn’t even any justification for it, seeing as the majority are coming from sub-Saharan Africa rather than Syria anyway.
“Over 500 agents overnight arrested 68 people … accused of mafia association, extortion, carrying illegal weapons, fraud, embezzlement to the detriment of the state, (and) theft,” police in Catanzaro, a city in Calabria, said in statement.
Their investigation revealed “that the clan controlled, for profit, the management of the reception centre” at Isola di Capo Rizzuto — which has held up to 1,500 migrants at a time — for over a decade.
Wow… over a decade? But both the Libyan and Syrian civil wars only started in 2011. What were these migrants fleeing from back in 2007?
Police arrested Leonardo Sacco, the 35-year-old head of the Catholic Misericordia association which runs the centre, who has boasted of links to high-powered political figures.
Local priest Edoardo Scordio was also detained in the sting.
This won’t do much to help salvage the church’s poor reputation.
Cash for spiritual guidance
“Some €32 million went straight into the clan’s pocket,” assistant prosecutor Vincenzo Luberto said, adding that Scordio had received €150,000 for offering “spiritual guidance” to the migrants.
Preaching the word of God doesn’t come cheap.
Honesty, this is more like the kind of behaviour that I would expect from a rabbi than a priest.
Police say the Arena clan, through Sacco, awarded contracts for services such as the centre’s food supplies to associations it set up specifically for the purpose, as well as to other ‘Ndrangheta families.
It also provided food services to the reception centre on Lampedusa, the Italian island which for several years was the frontline of the migrant humanitarian crisis, the biggest influx in Europe since World War II.
The head of the country’s anti-mafia commission, Rosy Bindi, said the sting was “an important result in the fight against the ‘Ndrangheta and the infiltration of mafia in the management of migrants”.
About 175,000 people are currently living in reception centres, where the state provides food, clothing, Italian lessons, psychological support, health care and a small amount of pocket money.
All paid for by the Italian tax-payer of course.
Italy’s finance ministry has estimated the 2017 budget for migrant reception at three billion euros, depending on how many people are rescued in the Mediterranean and brought to the country.
And they still haven’t yet thought of maybe… I dunno… sending them back to where they came from when they rescue them, rather than ferrying them all the way back to Europe? As I wrote about almost two years ago to the day, the vast majority of these migrants being picked up in the Mediterranean, aren’t fleeing from warzones. They’re economic migrants leaving perfectly safe, (albeit very poor) sub-Saharan African countries, travelling through several safe countries on their way to Libya, and then getting on non-seaworthy boats, hoping to be rescued and ferried to Europe… which usually happens, unless they’re among the unlucky ones whose boat sinks before they can encounter a European naval ship (or in some cases, which they deliberately sink themselves). There’s no moral reason to rescue these people from their own self inflicted decisions and if anything, rescuing them is only encouraging more of them to do it, because the rewards for doing so successfully… a life on welfare in Europe, are too tempting to resist.
More than 45,000 people have arrived so far this year, a 44% increase from the same period in 2016.
This is unsustainable. They can’t just keep letting every single person who wants to come to Europe, to actually come. There needs to be a proper solution put in place.
Raffaele Cantone, Italy’s anti-graft chief, said the mafia infiltration at Isola di Capo Rizzuto “is unfortunately, I believe, just the tip of the iceberg, and certainly not a one-off case”.
Nope. As I said, there’s definitely plenty more people scamming money from this whole situation. That’s why it’s being encouraged so strongly by the controlled mainstream media and the bought and paid for political establishment. Their financial masters are making too much money out of this whole thing and therefore want to keep it going as long as possible, regardless of how much it damages Europe or causes the ordinary European people to suffer.
The Calabrian centre had long been on the authorities’ radar. In 2015, Italy’s L’Espresso magazine published an investigative report alleging that managers at the camp were stealing funds earmarked for migrants and making money by starving them.
“If the organisation was supposed to provide 500 meals, it provided 300 and the rest went hungry,” prosecutor Nicola Gratteri said.
The Crotone prefecture said in 2014 that it appeared the official number of people recorded at the centre was grossly inflated, with management pocketing funds from the state for “ghost” migrants.
A health inspection in 2013 revealed that asylum seekers were being given miserly portions of out-of-date food, and that the centre was illegally hosting 70 unaccompanied minors who went barefoot and slept in a hangar with only two toilets.
I have no sympathy. These worthless invaders don’t deserve to be properly taken care of. I hope it was as uncomfortable as possible, to make them regret their decision to try and leech off the European people.
The Arena clan hit the headlines in 2012 after police seized assets from them worth 350 million euros, including one of Europe’s largest wind farms.