Hundreds of protestors took to the streets to vent their anger in the wake of plans to house more than 100 migrants in a small Italian town.
About 700 people, armed with banners and flags, marched in Soave, Italy, against the move as thousands of migrants arrive in the country after being rescued at sea.
Small towns like Soave have largely avoided housing migrants so far but are now having to address the issue after record numbers of people arrived in the country.
A record 27,500 migrants arrived in October alone, bringing the total to almost 160,000 people this year.Stay Connected With Us
The demonstration saw hundreds marching under torchlight in the town, home to 7,000 people, in the province of Verona.
Protesters were seen carrying banners emblazoned “Verona for Veronese” and reportedly chanting “Italy for Italians”.
The latest show of opposition comes after mafia bosses allegedly “declared war” on migrants after a man was shot in the head as a deadly turf war broke out with African crime gangs in Palermo earlier this year.
The mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando said at the time: “Palermo is no longer an Italian town. It is no longer European. You can walk in the city and feel like you’re in Istanbul or Beirut.
“The Mafia has not understood that the city has changed. We are now a city of immigrants, and the Mafia bosses no longer sit in the mayor’s chair.
“Palermo is a Middle Eastern town in Europe. It is a mosaic city and we are happy about that.”
However, the growing discontent comes as Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who has threatened to veto the EU’s budget, continues to battle with eurocrats over their lack of action over the migrant crisis in Italy.