The fall of 'Italy’s Stalingrad': symbol of left wages war on migrants and poor

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The closure of its factories hit Sesto hard, but when the perpetrator of the Berlin truck attack was shot there, the former leftwing stronghold turned right

Gramsci Avenue, May Day Square, Karl Marx library … even today the streets of Sesto San Giovanni recall its past as the “Stalingrad of Italy”. For more than seven decades, this suburb of Milan was ruled by the Communist party and its political heirs, but things have radically changed since the election of the new rightwing mayor, Roberto Di Stefano.

Begging, bivouacking in parks or streets and drinking alcohol in the open have all been banned. Those breaking the rules are expelled, and over the past year that has been the fate of more than 200 people – most of them homeless, street vendors or migrants.

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