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Old 25.03.2007, 01:58
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prima i ticinesi?

I've been seeing signs around Ticino that appear to be from these folks:


Who look like a right-wing political party with ties to the Lega Nord in Italy (the party that wanted/wants the north to secede and form its own country).

The signs say things like "Lavorare: Prima i Ticinesi!", which basically means "To work: Ticinesi first!".

Am I wrong to draw parallels between these people and the minutemen and similiar anti-immigrant groups in the US? Are there legal changes that are up for vote in the next round of elections that could affect us? Will Ticino secede and join the northern league, with Berlusconi as the supreme leader?

More seriously, if this group really is anti-immigrant, do they tend to have a lot of popular support in Ticino? The wikipedia says they have only one seat in the national council, but they also have seat in the council of state for Ticino, which would indicate a fair amount of local support.

Anyone care to explain the inner workings of Ticino politics to me?
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