CNN PRODUCER NOTE giannantonio shot these photos over the last five years of peaceful Islamic protests in Italy, counter to what he sees as a widely-held belief in Western nations that Muslim immigrants are violent, or unwilling to integrate. 'Italy has always been a crossroad between Western and Eastern people,' he said. 'Indeed, 11 September 2001 opened a period of very strong resistance to other's cultures, over all Muslim culture, for the reasons that all know. Many parties have used the fear of Muslims as a key to access to government; Italy is one of this, the political party Lega Nord, for example.'
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I honestly do not know if in other Western countries, Muslims manifest their opposition or their happiness for what happens on their land, for example recent Arab Spring or, in 2006, against cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad. Here, in Reggio Emilia, a small Italian town, Muslims can occur without problems. Italy has always welcomes anyone who behaves in an honest and respectful of our democracy. I photographed several manifestations of Muslim people in the recent years. Against all violence, in favor of peace and integration. It 's sometimes difficult to accept others, but we strive to do, if we truly want peace.
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