(AGI) Milan, Oct 18 - Matteo Salvini, secretary of theregionalist party Northern League, said: "the Mare Nostrumrescue operation fuels racism and leads to clashes inperipheral areas." Mr. Salvini added that "only 10% of thosewho apply for refugee status are true refugees." The NorthernLeague Secretary was heading a demonstration against the MareNostrum rescue operation. "It is a peaceful protest ofwell-meaning people, who believe that these people should behelped in their own countries and that Italians should comefirst," Mr. Salvini said. . .