Italy: Ventimiglia mayor shouted down by protesters against new refugee centre

Enrico Ioculano, Mayor of Ventimiglia (Italian): «As the construction works [of the refugee centre] start, no one will enter your home.» Protester (Italian): «The construction works shouldn't start..» Enrico Ioculano, Mayor of Ventimiglia (Italian): «No one will enter your home.. Anyway, we agreed with them the following: we will meet halfway — those guys gave us their availability, we will... Еще call the Prefect, we'll all meet and then..» Protester (Italian): «The works..» Enrico Ioculano, Mayor of Ventimiglia (Italian): «About the construction works, we will carry them out. We cannot issue ordinances with no [inaudible] reason.» Protester (Italian): [inaudible shouting] Enrico Ioculano, Mayor of Ventimiglia (Italian): «Alright.» Protester (Italian): «If you build up a wall, we will destroy it.» Protester (Italian): «Until December 31, some 142 thousand euros have been allocated for the minors — who are not even really minors, as [the real] minors are located in neighbouring municipalities. Why do we have to support them?» Protester (Italian): «Minors must remain wherever they land [inaudible].» Protester (Italian): «Because [this situation is all about] illicit activities.» Enrico Ioculano, Mayor of Ventimiglia (Italian): «Minors — listen — regarding the minors, I might agree with you. However there is a legal obligation that requires local authorities — and this applies to the whole of Italy — that, wherever is denoted as having minors present, that municipality must bear the costs. It's not like the municipality is happy to do so. I am not happy to pay this money. Do you understand? Nevertheless, it is a law obligation.» Protester (Italian): «Then put the minors inside the town hall.» Protester (Italian): «Put the minors inside the town hall.» Enrico Ioculano, Mayor of Ventimiglia (Italian): «If then the minor arrives here and his presence is denounced here, we have to pay. Do you understand?» Protester (Italian): «Building works are not starting..» Enrico Ioculano, Mayor of Ventimiglia (Italian): «Alright.» Protester (Italian): [inaudible shouting] Enrico Ioculano, Mayor of Ventimiglia (Italian): «And it has no power, alas. I say the same thing, because it isn't normal that, if you pay tuition worth 'X' for a minor, [the State] acknowledges only the half [of that sum]. And I agree with you, because we are taking on..» Protester (Italian): «So many taxes.» Enrico Ioculano, Mayor of Ventimiglia (Italian): «Exactly, we are taking on so many expenses we should not be taking on. Alright. This is what we agreed upon. I am against the opening of this centre. I told you already. Let's go to the Prefectrure and let's do this.» Scores of people gathered outside the town hall of Ventimiglia, Wednesday, to protest against the opening of a new refugee centre for unaccompanied minors in the city. They confronted the mayor of the north-western Italian city, Enrico Ioculano, and voiced their concerns about the construction and the following opening of the shelter. As Ioculano told the frustrated demonstrators that the local administration «cannot issue ordinances with no [inaudible] reason» against the construction of the refufee centre, one demonstrator responded with: «If you build up a wall, we will destroy it.» When a protester asked the mayor why the taxpayers whether Ventimiglia must financially support the minors that will enter the centre, given the fact that «142 thousand euros have been allocated to minors,» another one shoute, «Minors must remain wherever they land.» Ioculano told the angry crowd that, although he agrees with the
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