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End 'culture of hatred,' says Rifondazione after racist Macerata shootings

THE shooting spree by a far-right terrorist in the Italian city of Macerata grew from “a culture of hatred” that continues to be fed by mainstream politicians, socialists warned today.

Luca Traini was arrested on Saturday after driving around the city firing at black people, wounding six. One was still in intensive care when the Morning Star went to press.

Interior Minister Marco Minniti said Mr Traini was motivated “by racial hatred” and had a background “of right-wing extremism with clear references to fascism and nazism.” He reportedly gave a nazi salute on his arrest. Pictures of him in custody revealed a Wolfsangel tattoo on his forehead.

Mr Minniti said the attacks formed “a completely random armed retaliation raid” — the “retaliation” being an apparent response to the killing of Pamela Mastropietro, whose body was found nearby some days earlier. A man of Nigerian origin has been arrested on suspicion of that murder.

Mr Traini had previously stood for the xenophobic Northern League as a councillor. Acquaintances said he had also been “affiliated” at times to the fascist Forza Nuova and CasaPound organisations.

Northern League leader Matteo Salvini, who has pledged to deport half a million immigrants if elected in March 4’s parliamentary vote, distanced himself from Mr Traini, saying “anyone who shoots is a delinquent” before immediately blaming immigration for the “social conflict” the attempted killings represented.

The party is fighting the election in coalition with Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia and the small Brothers of Italy party.

But Communist Refoundation national secretary Maurizio Acerba, a candidate of the Potere al Popolo (power to the people) alliance next month, said those who awaited “words of comfort from the racist Salvini” would be disappointed.

“We cannot find words of common sense or humanity from those who feed this culture of hatred and xenophobia every day,” he said.

Potere al Popolo called on Mr Minniti to outlaw CasaPound and other fascist organisations that inspired terrorist acts.

The Macerata shootings, the latest in a long list of far-right outrages, “could have been a massacre,” the alliance said.

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