Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018

Govt attacks 'illegal NGO migrant rescue off Libya (3)


Rome, June 21 - Interior Minister Matteo Salvini and
Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli both launched high-voltage
attacks on German NGO Mission Lifeline on Thursday after its
Dutch-flagged ship rescued hundreds of migrants off the coast of
"The Lifeline NGO ship is operating in Libyan waters outside
all rules, outside international law," Toninelli, whose brief
includes control of Italy's ports, said on Facebook.
"They have taken on 250 boat-wreck victims even though they
don't have the technical means to guarantee their safety or the
safety of the crew," he added, saying he had asked the Italian
Coast Guard to launch a probe.
Interior Minister Salvini said the Lifeline should not expect
to have access to Italy's ports.
"Have you forced things by not listening to the Libyan and
Italian coast guard? Fine, then you can take this load of human
beings to Holland," Salvini said on Facebook.
"Take the long route".
Salvini has spearheaded the tough stance on migrants of the
new League/5-Star Movement (M5S) government that saw
migrant-rescue ship Aquarius, which is run by another NGO, have
to travel to Valencia last week after it was denied permission
to dock in an Italian port.

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