Far West Italy

In November, a shop owner shot and killed a man who entered his premises. The Minister of the Interior has expressed solidarity with the shopkeeper by trying to push through a bill which broadens the scope of legitimate defense. 

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Why this story matters:

"We are with you"; "Count on us"; "I stand with those who defend themselves." Essentially, these are the words that Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini had for the shop owner who killed a man after the latter trespassed.

These are words that can -- or at least should -- leave us speechless for three reasons.

Firstly, such declarations suggest that the Minister of the Interior has forgotten the nature of his mandate; should he not concern himself with the legality and security of citizens? I am no fan of this kind of approach -- I believe the police are not the only answer -- but Salvini is responsible for, and has power over, public order and security. Instead of making such claims, he should use the resources he has at his disposal. 

Secondly, he implies that when faced with a threat, Italians should defend themselves rather than complain to competent authorities -- thus fomenting distrust, fear and insecurity towards the institutions he represents, undermining them from within.

Last but not least, in speaking in such a manner, he supports the barbaric precept of "do-it-yourself justice", a concept we had hoped forever outdated by now.

Details from the story:

  • On the night of November 28, Fredy Pacini, a shop owner from the province of Arezzo, shot and killed a man who entered his business. The man is being investigated for excessive use of self-defense.
  • The hashtag #iostoconfredy immediately appeared on social networks, and many people showed their support.
  • Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini also expressed his approval: "I stand with those who defend themselves." He added, "violent trespassing into someone's private property, day or night, legitimizes an assault to defend yourself and your family."
  • Salvini took advantage of the opportunity to push an existing bill on legitimate defense, already approved by the Senate, which broadens the scope of legitimate defense by excluding punishment for those "who acted for their own protection or others' safety in conditions of serious disturbance, deriving from a dangerous situation."

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