Italy's Salvini announces possible return of military conscription

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Italy's Salvini announces possible return of military conscription

Italy is considering reinstating compulsory national service for its restless young citizens, according to its hardline interior minister. Matteo Salvini, Italy's deputy prime minister and interior minister, called for a return to military service on Saturday, saying: “Above and beyond 'rights' I would like to see a return to there being 'duties'".

Speaking at a rally in Lesina, Puglia, he added: “We are doing well to study the costs, ways and timings for evaluating if, how and when to reintroduce â€" for a few months â€" obligatory military and civil service to our boys and girls, so at least they learn a bit of 'education' that mom and dad are not capable of teaching them.”

Mr Salvini has repeatedly expressed his support for compulsory military service, both as a tool for social cohesion and integration, we well as for training young people to use arms responsibly.

He did military service at the Montello barracks in Milan, which in 2016 were repurposed as a holding centre for 300 asylum seekers, prompting the far-right leader to personally attend neighborhood protests calling for their relocation.

His party drafted legislation last year proposing conscription but failed to gain parliamentary support.

Source: Google News Italy | Netizen 24 Italy

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