Mario Borghezio

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Mario Borghezio in Pontida, 2013.

Mario Borghezio (Italian: [ˈmarjo borˈɡɛttsjo]; born on 3 December 1947 in Turin[citation needed]) is an Italian politician from the Northern League. He is a Member of the European Parliament. He is a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and of the Committee on Petitions. He also sits as a substitute member on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection.

Controversy and convictions[edit]

In 1993, he was sentenced to pay a fine of 750,000 lire for violence on a minor. He forcefully held and turned over to the police a 12-year-old Moroccan unregistered street seller.[1]

In July 2005, Borghezio was found guilty of arson, for setting fire to the pallets of some migrants sleeping under a bridge in Turin during a vigilante raid. For this he was sentenced to two months and twenty days in prison, converted into a fine of 3,040.[2]

On 17 December 2005, Borghezio was injured by some No Tav activists, who recognised him on a train from Turin to Venice. Because of the encounter, he had to undergo an operation for a fractured nasal septum. That morning, he had participated in a counter-protest against the No Tav movement in the Susa Valley.[3]

On 11 September 2007, he was arrested by Belgian police for participating in a protest against the Islamisation of Europe.[4][5]

In August 2010 he called for the European Union to have its own, centralised, X-Files where anyone would be able to access information on UFOs, even records held by the military. Borghezio argued that governments should go public with the information they hold and stop what he believes is a “systematic cover-up”. Not satisfied with a cent­ral archive, Borghezio also wants a scientific centre to research UFOs, because he feels that such study would have “major scientific and technological spin-offs”. “I think that, under the principle of transparency, the EU member states have a duty to make public and available to all scientific data on UFOs which today are partially or wholly withheld,”(http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/ufo/7875617/EU-call-for-X-Files-archive-of-UFO-sightings.html)

In May 2011, Borghezio made inflammatory remarks after the arrest of Ratko Mladic, the Serbian military leader indicted for war crimes at the Hague, including the genocide of 8000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica. Borghezio was quoted as saying that "Mladic is a Patriot" and "The Serbs could have halted the advance of Islam into Europe, but they weren't allowed to do so." [6]

On June 9, 2011, Borghezio was arrested by Swiss policemen after attempting to join the 2011 annual Bilderberg conference at St. Moritz (Switzerland). He was banished from the Canton of Graubünden for the duration of the meeting. The Italian embassy in Berne lodged a diplomatic protest.[7]

On 30 July 2011 he was suspended for three months by his party for praising several of the ideas in the manifesto of Anders Behring Breivik, the man who perpetrated the 2011 Norway attacks.[8]

In June 2013 he was expelled from the Europe of Freedom and Democracy, a eurosceptic group in the European Parliament, for making racist remarks regarding Italy's first black cabinet minister, Cécile Kyenge.[9][10]

Quotes[edit]

In an interview published on 7 February 2006 on "Corriere Della Sera", Borghezio said: "When I'm on stage at a political rally, I become a different person. I say whatever comes out of my gut. It's exciting. No, it's more than exciting: it's like having an orgasm".[11]

"Gaddafi was a great leader, a true revolutionary who should not be confused with the new Libyan leadership swept into power by NATO's bayonets and by oil multinationals", Reaction to the death of Muammar Gaddafi.[12]

In October 2012 Borghezio cosponsored with fellow MEP Lorenzo Fontana a motion for a declaration by the EU Parliament calling upon Pope Benedict XVI to carry out the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.[13]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "‘Leghista violento su minore’" (in Italian). Archiviostorico.corriere.it. 1993-06-23. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  2. ^ "‘Provocò un incendio Condannato Borghezio’" (in Italian). Archivio.lastampa.it. 2005-07-02. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  3. ^ "‘Borghezio aggredito dagli autonomi’" (in Italian). Ricerca.repubblica.it. 2005-12-18. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  4. ^ "''International Herald Tribune''". International Herald Tribune. 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2007-11-12. [dead link]
  5. ^ "‘Borghezio in cella a Bruxelles, l' Italia protesta’" (in Italian). Archiviostorico.corriere.it. 2007-09-12. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  6. ^ "Mladic, "Può essere trasferito all'Aja". Borghezio (Lega): "E' un patriota"" (in Italian). Repubblica.it. 2011-05-27. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  7. ^ "Italien fordert Aufklärung nach Bilderberg-Vorfall" (in German). Tagesschau.sf.tv. 11 June 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Italian politician praising Norwegian murderer’s ideas is suspended from party in Prime Minister Berlusconi’s coalition". English.alarabiya.net. Retrieved 2011-08-01. 
  9. ^ "European parliament eurosceptic group expels Italian for racism". Reuters. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Italy: Northern League councillor sparks row over calls for black minister's rape". Adnkronos. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "‘Io, Borghezio, un obiettivo vivente’" (in Italian). Corriere.it. 2006-02-07. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  12. ^ http://news.monstersandcritics.com/europe/news/article_1670111.php/Rogue-EU-deputy-pays-tribute-to-Gaddafi-s-glorious-end
  13. ^ http://www.fatima.org/news/enlarchive/102412enlpr.asp

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