The following article appeared in the Italian press just before the recent G7 meeting in Sicily began. In their determination to keep the mujahideen from disturbing the G7, the EU authorities inadvertently revealed something that everyone already knows: they are capable of stopping the flow of migrants into Italian ports any time they want. The logistical capability is there, but not the will.
Many thanks to Giusy for translating this piece from Il Giornale:
Stop landings in Sicily (but only during the G7)
May 15, 2017
by Sergio Rame
The directive of the Chief of police: possible risks with the arrival of illegal immigrants. And so the blockade: Sicilian ports will no longer be able to accept the (migrant) boats (but only during the G7)
It is possible to set up a naval blockade to stop immigrant landings.
But they do so only on the occasion of the Taormina G7. At the summit, in fact, police chief Franco Gabrielli proceeded to put Sicily under lockdown. So much so that, as predicted by the Messaggero (newspaper), Schengen has been closed, “restoring border controls for the period from 10 to 30 May”, and has implemented the naval blockade to “prevent the continuous flow of migrants from reaching” sensitive ports.
In recent days, three thousand servicemen, five thousand law enforcement agents and an impressive number of secret service personnel have already arrived in Sicily. The goal is to secure Taormina and make sure there are no nasty surprises at the G7. Under the circumstances, Gabrielli has developed a handbook of one hundred and thirty pages to ensure maximum security for all heads of State. The measures will become effective as of this morning. The Sicilian ports of Ragusa, Siracusa, Catania and Messina have already been locked down: the boats and rubber craft, which already fill the Mediterranean Sea, will no longer be able to dock but will be diverted to other ports. “It was necessary to achieve, starting today — we read in the police Chief’s statement — a progressive reduction in the number of landings in Messina and then throughout Sicily, avoiding engagement with the island’s ports: applicable to Messina 18 to 28 May, all the others from 22 to 28 May”. In effect, a naval blockade.
As the Messaggero explains, the Public Security Department believes that boats crammed with illegal immigrants may hide an Islamic threat. For this reason Gabrielli asked for “special attention to be given to the phenomenon which could create security risks”. In the next few hours, therefore, a complete mapping of the entire Sicilian coast will be carried out, with particular emphasis on ports and marinas, to thwart any terrorist attack of Islamic origin. As anticipated by the Corriere della Sera (newspaper), the plan also includes roadblocks. “The control and supervision of the territory — we read — contemplates the use of all specialized departments (from sharpshooters, to bomb technicians and divers), but above all barriers which will prevent any type of intrusion.”