Skip to Content

Open Arms. Twitter

Italian justice rebelling against Salvini

As several migrants tried to swim to the Italian coast, a transalpine prosecutor ordered their landing.

Published: August 21, 2019, 11:33 am

    Read more

    Lampedusa

    Italian justice is openly rebelling against Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. When ten migrants jumped from the bridge of the humanitarian ship Open Arms and tried to reach the coast of Lampedusa on Tuesday, August 20, the Italian justice ordered that they be landed, reported Italian news agency ANSA.

    It was the prosecutor of Agrigento (Sicily), who made this decision after a judicial police inspection and two doctors. The illegals finally landed in the evening on the island of Lampedusa.

    “Nine people jumped into the water trying desperately to get to the coast of Lampedusa,” the Open Arms had tweeted – with a video to support their claim – earlier in the day. “Our rescuers and the Italian coastguard are trying to rescue them. The situation is out of control,” the NGO warned. In the early morning, the organisation reported that another passenger had jumped overboard.

    For 19 days, hundreds of illegal immigrants rescued off Libya have been waiting on board the ship, while Italy has banned entry into its ports to all private rescue boats. On Sunday 18 August, Spain had proposed to the crew to go to the nearest Iberian port. The proposal rejected by the NGO, maintaining that would “endanger the integrity and safety of rescued passengers and crew”.

    Shortly after the announcement of the attempted crossing of the ten migrants, Madrid then decided to send a military ship to Lampedusa, to pick them up. “The Spanish Navy ship Audaz is ready to sail this afternoon to the island of Lampedusa and attend to the Open Arms and its occupants. It will accompany the boat to the port of Palma, in Mallorca,” said the Spanish President Pedro Sanchez on his Twitter account. “With this measure Spain will solve, this week, the humanitarian emergency.”

    The military ship was to leave southern Spain at 1700 hours (1500 GMT) and “will sail for three days to Lampedusa where it will take charge of the people collected by the Open Arms,” the government said in a statement.

    For his part, the French Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner spoke on the issue during a press conference relayed by BFMTV. For him, “the landings must be done as soon as possible” because “the people on board [the Open Arms] are vulnerable people”.

    On Tuesday, August 20, the Minister of the Interior said that Paris will also host migrants aboard the Ocean Viking similarly to those of the Open Arms. For the latter, France has promised to support 40 people.

    The migrants of the Open Arms that France has promised to host have not yet reached the territory but the executive is already making other promises.

    “We are committed to the Open Arms, we are committed to the same level on the Ocean Viking, to ensure that we can land the people who are on these boats as quickly as possible,” said the tenant of the Place Beauvau at a press conference in Biarritz, before the G7 to be held from August 24 to 26.

    His commitment will “let France take full responsibility,” according to Christophe Castaner. “The waiting for ships (…) can not last. This wait is unbearable,” he added. “The people on board are vulnerable people, who must be landed as quickly as possible in the closest and safest ports.”

    However, the assurance that Paris will support “the same level” of migrants from the Ocean Viking does not mean that 40 people will be welcomed, but that it will be done in a “proportional” way, according to the Ministry of the Interior. Since 160 migrants were aboard the Open Arms and Paris will accommodate 40, the Place Beauvau suggests, about the Ocean Viking and 356 people on board, that the Macron administration will take many more.

    In addition, on the evening of Tuesday 20 August, the 83 migrants still on board the Open Arms landed on the Italian island.

    The situation aboard the Spanish NGO migrant rescue ship Open Arms is “explosive”, the Agrigento chief prosecutor Luigi Patronaggio said on Tuesday adding that he was travelling to Lampedusa by helicopter to monitor the situation and “restore calm so that no one gets hurt”.

    “The commitment and attention are maximum to ensure the safety of the persons on board,” he said. Patronaggio took a team of medics with him, sources said.

    There are now 88 migrants aboard the Open Arms.

    [mashshare]

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    Europe

    Prosecutors launch new legal assault on Salvini

    RomeAfter the Diciotti case, another legal assault is being launched against Matteo Salvini. Salvini faced between three and five years in prison for having stopped illegal migrants from the vessel landing in Italy.

    Germany: Tens of thousands take part in climate strike

    BerlinSeveral tens of thousands of people took part in the "climate strike" in various German cities. In the federal capital, according to the organisers of "Fridays for the Future" some 270 000 demonstrators came to the rally in front of the Brandenburg Gate. The police spoke of "well over 10 000".

    Russia bolsters Arctic missile defenses after US threats

    MoscowRussia has placed missile defense systems at the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in an effort to bolster its military presence in the Arctic, AFP reported. And in France, the issue also received attention.

    Daily terror at German ‘peace’ school

    GubinGerman parents in Guben have reported the aggressive behavior of two sixth-grade migrant students and have asked authorities for urgent support because the situation is so bad.

    Salvini wants referendum to stop leftist coalition from opening ports

    PontidaAddressing a crowd of 80 000 supporters, Italian League leader, Senator Matteo Salvini called for a referendum on immigration to stop the new government from reopening Italy’s ports to pro-immigration NGOs.

    Heidelberg: Ignorance is the drug of choice

    HeidelbergAnyone who has heard of Heidelberg in Germany, probably thinks of a tranquil little town on the Neckar river, a place full of beautiful sights, a well-preserved historic centre with many tourists and students. But that perfect world has been shattered by the recent case from the district of Emmertsgrund.

    German President launches fresh attack on AfD

    BerlinThe AfD rejected the criticism from Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier stating that the Alternative for Germany was not a bourgeois party. "A Federal President should not interfere in the party politics," said the AfD chairman Alexander Gauland.

    The city of Pescara celebrates its soldier-poet Gabriele D’Annunzio

    PescaraFrom September 7 to 15, Pescara, the capital city of Italian Abruzzo region, will celebrate la Festa della Rivoluzione – d’Annunzio torna a Pescara [Revolution festival – d’Annunzio returns to Pescara]. His legacy has inspired Italian sovereignists.

    Betrayal by Bannon

    A story of failures: How Steve Bannon tried to split the Vatican and dragged Matteo Salvini into his misfortune.

    Antwerp: Vlaams Belang leader denounces Islam from rooftops

    Antwerp Flemish Member of Parliament and Antwerp City Councilor Filip Dewinter climbed onto the roof of the Antwerp town hall to highlight the Flemish port city's demography.

    Go to archive