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Anti-racists to oppose Italy's far-right leader Salvini's trip to Liverpool

ANTI-RACISM and fascism campaigners will mobilise in Liverpool after it was revealed today that Italy’s far-right leader Matteo Salvini will host an event in the city.

Mr Salvini of Lega (the League) is known for his strong anti-immigrant views and has previously called for a “mass cleansing” in the country.

Italy’s former deputy prime minister also announced his intention to identify and deport Roma people from the country.

The £28 non-refundable tickets for “Dinner League In The World UK Liverpool Salvini Premier” are on sale on Eventbrite.

Details, such as the time and venue, are not available, with the location simply stating Bold Street, Liverpool.

“To participate you must first book then you will receive information on the restaurant via email,” the listing reads in Italian.

Unite Against Fascism (UAF) Merseyside and Stand Up to Racism (SUTR) Liverpool have called a protest against the dinner on March 28.

SUTR’s Weyman Bennett warned that Mr Salvini has been at the centre of far-right and fascist activity in Italy.

Mr Bennett said that Mr Salvini “will not receive a warm welcome in Liverpool” and that he has been encouraged to come to Britain following a meeting with Shrewsbury’s Tory MP Daniel Kawczynski.

Mr Kawczynski attended the National Conservatism conference in Rome earlier this month, arguing that Britain needs to hear from far-right leaders.

“An elected MP sat down with organising fascists and nazis who are both anti-semitic and Islamophobic,” Mr Bennett told the Star. “Such fraternisation is encouraging the far right.

“Keep Salvini out and no more platform-sharing with fascists by Boris’s Tories.”

SUTR’s Sabby Dhalu added: “Matteo Salvini is a hatemonger who revels in his notoriety for persecuting migrants and refugees.

“He described criminal proceedings against him for kidnapping asylum-seekers as ‘medals for having defended Italy’s borders.’

“Liverpool has a proud history of standing up to racism and the far right. It’s vital we all raise our voices to make sure this visit can not happen.”

Details of the protest will be announced once more information on the event is revealed.

The Italian senate will tomorrow decide on allowing a criminal case against Mr Salvini to go forward.

He is accused of kidnapping 131 migrants last year when, as interior minister, he prevented them from disembarking from a coastguard ship.

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