Salvini says ‘eth­nic shops’ should close by 9pm

The Daily Telegraph - - World News -

Italy’s hard­line in­te­rior min­is­ter wants “lit­tle eth­nic shops” – con­ve­nience stores of­ten run by Asian im­mi­grants – to close by 9pm be­cause they at­tract “drug deal­ers and hell rais­ers”.

Mat­teo Salvini, who is also the head of the anti-im­mi­grant League party, said he would add an amend­ment to a se­cu­rity bill go­ing through par­lia­ment.

He de­nied that the move was racist or tar­geted at mi­grant-run busi­nesses.

In re­cent years, hun­dreds of “mini-mar­kets” have opened up in Ital­ian cities, many run by Bangladeshi im­mi­grants.

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