A Sicilian mayor has gone to extreme lengths to stop migrants moving into his area - by barricading an abandoned hotel where new arrivals were set to take up residence.
Vincenzo Lionetto Civa, mayor of Castel'Umberto in the Messina province, wrote an 'urgent and important' Facebook post, telling residents that the local prefect had informed him that the 30 or so migrants would be transferred to a local hotel.
'I don't believe this act of institutional involvement to be correct for the obvious reasons of the repercussions on our community,' he wrote in the post.
Vincenzo Lionetto Civa, (pictured) mayor of Castel'Umberto in Messina, Sicily, wrote an 'urgent and important' Facebook post, advising residents that the local prefect had just informed him that the 30 or so migrants would be transferred to a local hotel
He led a dozen or so locals in surrounding the Canguro hotel in Sinagra with their cars on Saturday, though the migrants apparently were already inside.
Several residents also took to Facebook to show their support for the mayor.
But his comments sparked outrage from some locals, with Filippo Torrisi writing: 'Mayor you must resign, this is racism. And coming from a Sicilian, a Sicily that for 150 years has 'invaded' the world with workers is really shameful.'
In a later post, the mayor wrote: 'Thank you everyone for your support, for the proposals and suggestions. I dissociate myself from violent and xenophobic comments which reflect neither the spirit of the initiative or my personal feelings.'