A New Europe is Being Born’: Senior Italian Officials Hail Yellow Vests

Monday, January 7, 2019
By Paul Martin


Following an eighth consecutive weekend of protests against high living costs in France, marked by clashes with police, Italian Deputy Prime Ministers Luigi Di Maio, the leader of the Italian anti-establishment party Five Star Movement (M5S), and Matteo Salvini, heading the anti-immigrant League, have voiced their support for the protesters.

The Italian interior minister, the League’s hard-line leader Matteo Salvini, often labelled a populist, has openly sided with the “yellow vests” movement and criticised French President Emmanuel Macron.

“I support honest citizens who protest against a governing president [who is] against his people”, he stated, at the same time firmly condemning the violence at the rallies, as cited by RT.

His coalition partner, M5S leader and Italian Minister of Economic Development Luigi Di Maio, also endorsed the “yellow vests” movement and lambasted Macron’s government for protecting the interests of the elite and not proving to be up to the expectations of the people. He wrote an open letter to the protestors on his party’s official blog, which began with the call “Yellow vests, do not give up!” going on to write that his M5S was ready to give them the support they need.

“In France, as in Italy, politics has become deaf to the needs of citizens who have been kept out of the most important decisions affecting the people”, he said, pointing out that it “is the same spirit that fuelled the 5 Star Movement and thousands of Italians”.

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