The infamous chant of the supporters of Eduardu Amato, head of the Sicilian Front. While war-torn Italy spiraled out of control following its devastating defeat in the second Franco-German War, the kingdom of Sicily was unaffected, and became the new representative of German interests in the Mediterranean. However, the decades of civil conflict and economic collapse in the north of the peninsula caused millions to look south for refuge. Eduardu Amato, initially an anti-monarchist socialist who had been imprisoned for inciting revolt, became the face of the anti-refugee movement that swept Sicily; many working-class, religious Sicilians viewed the mostly irreligious and formerly middle-class Italian refugees with disdain, and took great pleasure in the reversal of the traditional power dynamic between Sicily and Italy.“This house needs a door. This house needs a door. This house needs a door. This house needs a door. This house needs a door.”
The Sicilian Front became the third-largest party in the Sicilian Senate in the elections of 1978, and although they were not given a seat in government due to their mutual enmity with the ruling Prosperity Party (Liberal), they would soon become the most fiercely beloved political organisation in the kingdom, to the point that King Vittoriu II began publicly calling for elections to be held a year early due to the overwhelming support of the lower classes. The Sicilian Front's massive success, especially among Sicily's poor, can be attributed to their careful combination of nationalism and catholic socialism, and to Amato's rhetorical genius. They were able to exploit age-old grudges against the Sicilian aristocracy and the Prosperity Party's disasterous neoliberal policies, while also wink-and-nodding to those same elites that their status would not be threatened as long as they towed the nationalist line. And so, in 1982, Eduardu Amato was elected the first Consul of Sicily, winning the election by a landslide.
However, while within Sicily Amato and his party were beloved, outside of it they were received with a mix of revulsion and fear. What was left of the Italian government watched in horror as Sicilian humanitarian support dried up, and refugees began being turned away at the border, often very violently. This only emboldened radical factions within the crumbling Italian state, that soon began engaging in stochastic acts of violence against Sicilian soldiers and civilians - first within Italy and at the border, and then inside Sicily herself. This self-reinforcing cycle of violence only escalated, culminating in the expulsion of all Italians from Sicily by entranced mobs, bolstered by the 'self-defense groups' of the Sicilian Front.
At this point, it seemed the end of Sicilian Democracy was a foregone conclusion; but the assassination of Eduardu Amato by Curinna Borzì - a former party member whose naturalized Italian husband was murdered in the great deportations - shook the nation enough for all to take stock of the situation, and by the next elections the Sicilian Front was once again relegated to the opposition bench, this time permanently. While those expelled under Amato were allowed to return, and Italian-Sicilian relations would warm up in time, the four years of Sicilian Front rule - known as the 'years of Iron' - would mark a permanent scar on the Sicilian republic, one that still aches from time to time.
"more than 2000 years ago, Persia freed us from captivity in cruel Babylon, returning us to our home in Zion. Today, it is Persia that suffers under Babylonian cruelty - and the people of Zion intend to pay back our debt, with interest" - Yitzhak Rabin, 1980.
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