In Italy, thousands of people have attended a far-right rally in Rome over a new law that could grant citizenship to children of immigrants.
Under the bill called “right of the soil” (lus soli), children under 12 who’ve spent five years in formal education would qualify to be naturalised. The rule would also apply to children born to non-Italians.
The demonstration was organised by Italy’s far-right New Force party. One of its supporters, Vera Provenzale said: “We believe that one has to be born Italian. Being Italian means one has to have Italian blood. Therefore we cannot give away Italian citizenship, our roots, our culture.”
According to New Party leader Roberto Fiore it’s a question of defending Italy’s patrimony and heritage: “Forza Nuova is here to show that the fatherland, the Italian fatherland, is still alive. And to show that the people of Italy are going to rebel to the people who are trying to destroy our fatherland.
Currently, foreigners born in Italy can only apply for citizenship when they turn 18 and if they have lived in the country since birth.