With arch conservative Silvio Berlusconi in power, the government will do what it has always done, NOTHING! Italy is among the most homophobic societies of modern western Europe along with Greece, among others.
Why do alleged straight men resort to repeatedly raping a perceived gay man, the power aspect aside? Surely, in the mafia mentality that alone is less than being a man, so why do it? Appalling, no matter how you look at it.
After the prison assault, the 20-year old victim needed numerous stitches on his anus, making it impossible for prison officials not to have been aware of what happened. Still the rapists suffered no reprecussions. No investigation; no punishment; no public disclosure for two years!
Having “Equal Opportunity” Minister Mara Cargagna propose an investigation is patently absurd. Less than six months ago, she `asserted that there was NO discrimination against homosexuals in Italy; everyone was totally assimilated, so there was no use wasting time looking into any “alleged” discrimination. (La Carfagna is a particular pet of Berlusconi – and rumored to be quite a bit more than that. Who knows! Her main qualifications, at any rate, largely seem to be intense personal loyalty to him and some fairly recent scantily-clad (I can’t believe I actually used that term!!) sexy calendar photos.
Xenophobia, homophobia, and desire for “security” seem to go hand in hand. Although the crime rate in Italy actually fairly low compared to many other EU countries, the government has exploited the populace’s fear of crime – particularly crime committed by immigrants.
This week, the Berlusconi government deployed thousands of soldiers throughout the cities of Italy. For “security” reasons, the military will be occupying numerous cities for at least six months – fighting prostitutes (well, those that don’t pay the required bribes), intimidating gypsies (including fingerprinting their children), rounding up immigrants, etc. It’s unsettling, to say the least, to see heavily armed military personnel – with machine guns and more – marching through the famous streets of Rome, Florence, Milan, etc.
Wish you had experienced Italy in the 20′s? Budapest in 1956? Prague in 1968? Well, there’s hope for you still. I find it kind of frightening, but anyone who has nostalgia for the good old days of Mussolini and Fascism, should by all means book a trip to Italy. You’ll enjoy the macho bravado of xenophobia as well as the up-front hatred of homosexuals, intellectuals, leftists (except for the bought-out types like Veltroni),and other diverse scapegoats of society.
But no need to come right away. Next year, the atmosphere in Italy will probably be even more chilling! The Berlusconi govermnent has made a very hard right turn, and it seems like there’s no stopping them.
Berlusconi, nothing more than a classic conservative and a sleazy one at that, what can one expect?
I don’t agree with you often, Robert, but you’re right about this one. The Forza government is a disgrace to Europe.