Residents of a little town near the north-eastern city of Ferrara have erected barricades to protest against the arrival of a group of migrant women and their children, forcing the bus they were traveling on to change its course, local media reported. The incident happened on Monday night, when a bus carrying 12 women and their children was stopped and diverted in Gorino, a hamlet in the province of Ferrara. The road leading to the 'Amore e Natura' hostel, where the group was supposed to stay, was blocked for several hours by the barricades. On Monday afternoon, local authorities told the owner of the structure that part of the hostel was being temporarily seized in order to accommodate the migrants and their children.
This provision, authorities said was an "exceptional and extraordinary" circumstance. The owner of the hostel told local newspaper 'La Nuova Ferrara' that he was warned about the arrival one week in advance and that he replied that his structure was "not available" to host migrants, as it "accommodates tourists". In this atmosphere, tensions arose in Gorino and a few dozens of people built the barricades that eventually forced the bus carrying the migrants to change course. The police intervened on the scene when the bus was blocked and tried to mediate until late night in order to make it proceed to the hostel, but they finally gave up and the bus left the area.
The mothers, together with their children, were sent to structures in other towns. Prefect Mario Morcone, head of the immigration department of the Interior ministry, commented: "I am very ashamed by what happened in Ferrara, I think that those people that prevented the resettlement of women and children should be ashamed as well". "It is a bitter memory that those residents will have to deal with for a long time", he added in a radio interview.