As mentioned in last night’s news feed, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini presided over the closing of the migrant reception center at Mineo in Sicily, which used to be Europe’s largest. Below are excerpts from the occasion, as posted by Ruptly.
The following article from Breitbart (hat tip JD) reports on the closing of the Mineo center:
‘Promise Kept’: Salvini Makes Personal Appearance as Migrant Centre, Once Europe’s Largest, Closes
MINEO, Italy: AFP — What was once Europe’s biggest migrant reception centre, in Mineo in Sicily, is to officially close on Tuesday in the presence of its biggest critic, far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.
“Promise kept,” Salvini, in government also as deputy prime minister for the past year, said last week when the centre’s final inhabitants were removed, to be sent to another centre in Calabria.
This reception centre, a former housing complex for the US military that resembles an American suburb, is now guarded by Italian troops who block access under a roasting Sicilian sun.
At its peak in 2014, Mineo housed more than 4,100 people.
Its population then steadily dropped. When anti-migrant Salvini and the populist Five Star Movement came to power in June last year, it housed 2,500.
|00:43||“Left in underwear”|
|00:53||“We want our money” “Workers and migrants in the middle of the street. Mineo closed”|
|00:56||“Italians first, but we are…”|
|01:12||….big immigrant center of Europe, a business of tens of millions of euros.|
|01:18||It had been proved by the prosecutor|
|01:21||to be a base center for the Nigerian mafia in drug dealing|
|01:25||and prostitution, theft, receiving stolen goods, assault, violence, rapes and murders.|
|01:31||[Unintelligible] a short distance from here, so|
|01:35||they went crazy when, from the ministry, I had promised I would close it,|
|01:39||because from a center that received 4,000 people in the past|
|01:43||we have reduced, reduced, reduced, until today it is now zero.|
|01:47||That means tranquility for the region. It means tranquility for the farmers.|
|01:51||It means recovering many of the 150 policemen and -women|
|01:55||who don’t have to be here at night controlling these people.|
|01:59||And therefore… [Unintelligible] obviously|
|02:04||We need to recover this area. There are already some projects to avoid|
|02:08||that had be abandoned… there are some ideas to evaluate|
|02:12||and create value attached to the work for the region, and we are analyzing them…