Racist attacks in Italy: ‘The problem did not start today’

Source: Al Jazeera News

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Rome, Italy – At the end of another day of rallies and public speeches, Aboubakar Soumahoro’s phone doesn’t stop ringing as his meetings pile up.

The 38-year-old Italian-Ivorian, a trade unionist for the grassroots USB union, is softly spoken one on one, but assertive and energetic when addressing a crowd.

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On June 2, days after Italy installed a new populist government led by the anti-establishment party Five Star Movement and the far-right League (previously known as the Northern League), a Malian agricultural worker and USB activist, 29-year-old Soumaila Sacko, was shot dead in the southern region of Calabria.

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