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http://www.thelocal.it/20151222/italy-refugees-revolt-over-missing-cleaner-and-wi-fi


A group of refugees in the north of Italy have emptied their rubbish into the streets, furious that their requests for a cleaner and Wi-Fi have not been met.

The 24 protesting refugees from sub-Saharan Africa have been asking for somebody to help then maintain order at the duplex villa in the town of Ceranova where they have been housed since last summer.

They are also upset that Wi-Fi has not been installed in the villa, meaning they can't make Skype calls to their relatives back home, La Repubblica reported.

The protests first took place late last week when the town's refugees blocked main roads to get their message across.

And the situation soon took a turn for the worse when the refugees began to tip out their rubbish in the sleepy towns main streets to make their point.

The scene led to heated arguments between the refugees and members of the local community and the town's mayor, Alessandro Grieco, had to intervene personally with the help of three police officers to defuse the situation.

“Obviously it's very important for refugees to have access to the internet and not just so they can stay in touch with their families,” Barbara Spezzi, who manages a refugee center near Turin, told The Local.

The internet helps refugees keep up to date with what's going on at home and in Italy which helps them integrate into Italian life. It's also a great learning tool too: we had a case of a girl who was following her university lectures on YouTube.”

As news of the protests spread, it became a national issue - being seized upon by Italy's fiercely anti-immigration Northern League party.

Outspoken party leader, Matteo Salvini even joked about sending the left-wing journalist, politician and leader of Italy's Chamber of Deputies, Laura Boldrini, to clean up the migrants' mess.

“They wan't someone to clean their homes – can you believe it?" an incredulous Salvini asked reporters. "To keep them happy, let's send Boldrini."

Since last week's protests, mayor Grieco has called a meeting with the regional prefect, and expelled the ringleader of the protests, a 24-year-old man, from the refugee facility.

"Until now nothing bad had happened and we are looking into the incident. The migrants have obviously flagged up a few issues for them but this is not the way to draw attention to them."

"We absolutely won't tolerate protests like this."




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Can't blame them, people get mad when they dont have wifi.
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ILuvCats11 wrote:

Can't blame them, people get mad when they dont have wifi.


I can understand them getting mad if its to call skype with family, but they want a maid to clean their place. Why can't they just clean up after themselves?
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D4nc3Style wrote:


ILuvCats11 wrote:

Can't blame them, people get mad when they dont have wifi.


I can understand them getting mad if its to call skype with family, but they want a maid to clean their place. Why can't they just clean up after themselves?


Oh, well thats what I get for not reading the whole thing. Give them wifi and something for the inconvenience but they can get off their arses and clean them selves.
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Kick them out of the country and move on.
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There have been many hunger strikes and protests staged by refugees when they enter Europe because they want to go to "richer cities". These people are in no way war refugees; they're economic migrants. Ship 'em back.
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Well, wifi woǹt be an issue. Send their ungrateful asses back to the shithole they came from....


you got refuge, stop bitching....
Posted 12/22/15
Lol. What these refugees don't realize is that even "3-stars" hotel in Italy don't have Wi-fi, or you have to pay for it. I don't know if they're being cheap or it's just like that.
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Posted 12/22/15
No wifi!? I'd revolt as well
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Fucking ingrates
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...and who says that the majority of refugees aren't economic refugees?

Send them back, especially the young men who are more than physically able to fight in this conflict. Freedom isn't free.
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What time of cleaner are they asking for? It is someone to change the trash bins?Is it laundry changes? Some places do have that provision unless they leave instructions on where refuse should be taken or how laundry should be dealt with. It sounds like this particular group had grown used to having their mothers, sisters and aunts clean up after them, now they have to do it themselves. Or there just isn't enough instruction what to do with refuse etc. Wi-fi access need not be in their residence but they could be directed to where they can get access to wi-fi.
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yeah, I mean, no wifi? What if all the refugees were otakus like us? Dude ffs, how can they be so cruel. Give them wifi so they can watch pokemon already!
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tkayt wrote: Wi-fi access need not be in their residence but they could be directed to where they can get access to wi-fi.
yeah like many did go to cafe's to use wifi-access, so why can't they?
its not that hard to find something but I guess italy isn't really much about internet and more about family in some ways (and has been for a long time?)

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I think that yes, it would be nice for them to have access to Wifi to contact their relatives. However, this country has had no obligation, but still took these refugees in, and gave them housing and a place to live.

It sounds pretty fucking ungrateful to me for them to start revolting after what the country has given them.
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