Fri, 25/03/2011 - 06:00 | News Team
By Jennifer Matthys – Thousands of North African immigrants are swamping the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa, but Italian nationalists have done what their government has failed to do and come to the aid of local people.
Boatloads of Tunisians arrive every day after the short journey across the Mediterranean, in a crisis that continues to deepen.
Newspaper reports in Italy and France have drawn parallels between the real-life invasion and the prophetic novel 'The Camp of the Saints', written in 1974 by Jean Raspail. In the novel, an armada of ships from India lead a 'peaceful' but devastating invasion of the West by the Third World.
In real life, the arrivals are nearly all young men from what is supposed to be a newly liberated country with high hopes for the future. But rather than staying to celebrate and build their 'revolution', they are risking their lives to get to Europe. No doubt many have heard of Soft Touch Britain.
Local residents on the island have repeatedly asked for help to repel the invasion, but nothing effective has been done. A crowd of local people – angered by the crime and violence that the invasion has brought to their doorsteps – joined with activists from the Italian nationalist party Forza Nuova (FN) and physically stopped the erection of a 'tent city'. The demonstrators pointed out that providing facilities for the illegal immigrants would merely encourage more to come.
FN leader Roberto Fiore said: "Local people are now asking us to help secure the beaches, and if the Government continues to fail in its duty to protect the people, and also the territorial integrity of Italy and Europe, we will take up that challenge."
Mr Fiore’s actions followed French Front National leader Marine Le Pen’s visit to Lampedusa, during which she pledged her support to the indigenous people of the island, who are now vastly outnumbered by African immigrants.
Mr Fiore delivered a powerful and very well received speech at the British National Party's Red, White and Blue family festival two years ago, which can be seen here.
Immigrants in Lampedusa
Tunisians, led by a Marxist agitator, hurl abuse at Nationalists demonstrating against the invasion
Italian Nationalists Stand against African Immigrant Invasion | British National Party