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In Italy’s prosperous north, firm backing for the League’s Salvini

By Angela Giuffrida  /  The Observer, PONTIDA, Italy

Italy’s crime rate has fallen 8.3 percent over the past decade, interior ministry figures showed, despite the number of foreigners.

“In Italy, public debate is often not based on reality, but on the perception of reality,” said Matteo Pucciarelli, a journalist at newspaper La Repubblica and author of Anatomy of a Populist: The True Story of Matteo Salvini.

“Crime has gone down, but the feeling of insecurity has risen. Truth doesn’t count, but what you say does, and in this respect Salvini is incredible. We don’t live in the Wild West, but he gives the impression that we do,” he said.

Pucciarelli believes that Salvini, who he described as a “media animal,” would continue to project false realities while giving the impression that all is in order.

“For example, deporting thousands of immigrants is impossible, but all the same he’ll succeed in making it look as if he is a minister ruling with an iron fist,” Pucciarelli said.

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