Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018

Mayor in Calabria goes on hunger strike for refugees


(ANSA) - Riace, July 17 - The mayor of the Calabrian town
of Riace has gone on hunger strike to protest the lack of
national funds needed to assist migrant refugees in the region.
More than 150 refugees, 30 of whom are children, are
residing in the southern Italian town after arriving on the
Sicilian island of Lampedusa one year ago.
"We have not received one cent in assistance from the Civil
Protection Department and the situation is drastic," said Mayor
Domenico Lucano.
Riace, also known for its priceless 2,500-year-old bronzes,
is a town with a "local policy to welcome political and other
refugees and to aid in their resettlement," the mayor said.
Lucano said that he will continue his hunger strike "until
a solution to the unbearable conditions has been found and
respect is given to the refugees and their families".

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