PALERMO, ITALY - 17 JANUARY 2019: Mayor of Palermo Leoluca Orlando (71) is seen here by paintings of Saint Rosalia (left), the saint patron of Palermo, and Saint Benedict the Moor (right, a 16th century Sicilian friar born of African slaves), here in a chapel of the town hall of Palermo, Italy, on January 17th 2019.
Mayor of Palermo Leoluca Orlando, together with the mayors of Naples, Florence and Parma, are rebelling against Interior Minister Matteo Salvini by refusing to implement the new controversial security law which reduces the rights of asylum seekers.
The "Salvini decree", passed in November 2018 by the far-right government, removes humanitarian protection status – one of the three forms of asylum offered by Italy – which means thousands of people would no longer be entitled to state shelter.
“It is not an act of civil disobedience or conscientious objection, but the simple application of the constitutional rights that are guaranteed to all those who live in our country”, Leoluca Orlando said.
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