Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is taking a hard line against any further landings by ships operated by “migrant rescue” NGOs. The most recent case is a ship that actually flies the Italian flag, but that is not enough for it to gain permission to dock in an Italian port.
Many thanks to He Ha for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
|00:01||Another NGO vessel off Italian shores, and once again the ports remain closed.|
|00:05||This time it’s the Mare Jonio Ship of the Mediterranea NGO that yesterday, as you can see, rescued 50 migrants in the Libyan SAR zone.|
|00:15||The NGO prevented the Libyan Coast Guard from weighing in, and the ship from disembarking at an African port, considered “unsafe”.|
|00:21||While the ship approaches Italy, the Italian Government reaffirms its inflexible line.|
|00:27||Yesterday, Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini dictated the line to be adopted by law enforcement, including the Navy and Coast Guard.|
|00:34||That is, to prevent the illegals immigrants’ disembarkation onto national territory.|
|00:38||So this morning the Italian Financial Police denied the Mare Jonio Ship access to Italy’s territorial waters.|
|00:44||The vessel is one hour’s sail out of Lampedusa, sea force 9, with one ill person and 12 minors aboard.|
|00:51||That’s a similar case to the Aquarius, the ship with 630 migrants aboard that was rejected last June.|
|00:58||And to the Sea Watch ship, with 47 migrants aboard, that was prevented from disembarking for a period of 19 days before arriving in Sicily, just to mention two cases.|
|01:08||There is a difference, however: this time Italy closes its ports to a vessel flying the Italian flag.|
|01:14||The ship is funded through a solidarity operation and mission whose leader is the former no-global “white-suit” Luca Casarini.