As promised yesterday, here’s a video in which Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini talks about the latest migrant-ferry vessel that is trying to run the blockade at the island of Lampedusa. The celebrity Richard Gere happens to be aboard that boat.
In other remarks not recorded in this video, Mr. Salvini said, “[Richard Gere] can take back to Hollywood, on his private plane, all the people aboard and support them in his villas.”
|00:00||Speaking of immigrants — have you seen that Richard Gere is on board… —I saw what?|
|00:04||Richard Gere is on board Open Arms. —No, I missed it. Let’s hope he gets a tan,|
|00:08||that he is fine. All in all, I don’t think he lacks for anything…so Bon Voyage.|
|00:14||No, but… we have advised the Spanish government, since it is a Spanish NGO|
|00:18||that flies the Spanish flag, there are so many Spanish mayors ready to receive a Spanish NGO [vessel],|
|00:22||to set course to a Spanish port because they have been stopped for eight days|
|00:26||30 (nautical) miles from Lampedusa. In eight days, they could have gone|
|00:30||back and forth to Ibiza or Formentera three times.|
|00:34||Therefore I maintain that these 120 immigrants|
|00:38||all have the right to disembark at Ibiza or Formentera.|
|00:41||What do you think of the restitution… Mattarella… [Unintelligible] (the) fine?|
|00:47||I will read it. The president maintains that a million-euro fine may be too much,|
|00:51||even though I look at some of the budgets of these NGOs, who have millions and millions of euros|
|00:55||in their accounts. And then it is a fine for those who break the law, but I will read it carefully.