Salvini blocks NGO human trafficking vessels from entering Italian ports
Italian Interior Minister and Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini has announced that migrants saved by boats run by non-governmental organisations will not be allowed to enter any Italian harbour.
Published: July 2, 2018, 5:24 am
Salvini has accused NGOs of encouraging the trafficking of migrants. He told Corriere della Sera these NGOs were no longer “legitimate”.
Italy refused a boat full of migrants, the Aquarius, to disembark last month. Spain meanwhile agreed to take them after days at sea.
The Maltese government also said on Thursday that it has closed its ports to NGO-run migrant-rescue ships after the case of the Lifeline vessel. “Following recent events that brought to the fore information that was previously unknown, Malta needs to ascertain that operations being conducted by entities using its port services and operating within the area of Maltese responsibility are in accordance with national and international rules,” a statement said.
“This includes, but is not solely limited to, the certification or registration of vessels involved. “Given that there are investigations being carried out by independent authorities, and until these issues are clarified, Malta cannot allow entities, whose structure might be similar to that being subject to investigations, to make use of Malta as their port of operations, and to enter or leave the said port.
“This is also in view of judicial processes that might ensue, and in order for the Maltese authorities not to be considered to be approving of systems of operations that might eventually be found to be carried out in breach of their own and international rules”.
A summit in Brussels by EU leaders on the migrant crisis came to an “agreement” on the creation of “refugee centres” to receive migrants in EU countries on a voluntary basis – but it does not specify where.
President Emmanuel Macron of France quickly said – within only hours after the deal – that such camps should be in countries where migrants arrived first – such as Italy and Greece, but not France.
Italy insists that these may be set up anywhere in the EU. German Chancellor Angela Merkel persists in pretending that migrants are people “escaping the brutal war in Syria” even as rights groups themselves admit that there were safe zones in Syria and thus no reason to flee. Those Syrians who left for Turkey were safe and – most importantly – only 20 percent of the influx into the EU were from Syria anyway.
At least three EU countries have since denied reaching any final agreement with Germany on the return of migrants to the country of entry after the Brussels summit ended.
Spain and Greece have agreed to take back migrants, but not Italy, Austria or Hungary. The latter was one of the countries listed in German media reports as in agreement with Merkel. The embattled German leader herself told the media there had been “political consent” from 14 EU nations to strike such a deal in Brussels.
“No such deal has been reached,” spokesman for Hungary’s government Zoltan Kovacs said. Budapest has repeatedly rejected German attempts to “return” migrants to their first EU country of entry. Poland and the Czech Republic, also denied reaching any agreements on the issue.
“There are no any new agreements regarding the reception of asylum seekers from EU countries, we confirm (that), like the Czech Republic and Hungary,” Polish Foreign Ministry spokesman Artur Lompart noted.
Dublin repatriations from Germany currently only succeed in only 15 percent of cases, Reuters reported. According to the EU agreement on migrants, known as the Dublin Accord, the country of first entry is responsible for accommodating new arrivals. Merkel had previously ignored the Dublin Accord.
Salvini meanwhile attacked another EU globalist institution on Thursday. He said the European Court of Human Rights’s ruling condemning Italy for confiscating several illegal construction sites without convicting those responsible, showed the court should be shut down.
The Strasbourg court’s ruling regarded the Punta Perotti site in Puglia, Golfo Aranci near Olbia in Sardinia, and two sites near Reggio Calabria, Testa di Cane and Fiumarella di Pellaro.
The ECHR said Italian authorities breached the right to respect private property. “The Strasbourg court condemns Italy and defends eyesores and the unregulated cementification,” League leader Salvini responded after hearing the verdict. “It is the umpteenth proof that certain institutions should be closed down”.
All rights reserved. You have permission to quote freely from the articles provided that the source (www.freewestmedia.com) is given. Photos may not be used without our consent.
Consider donating to support our work
Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.
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 violations 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 delete comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.
TripoliOn May 30, the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) released a statement in which its commander, Stephen Townsend, expressed to Tunisian Defence Minister Imed Hazgui readiness to deploy the US Security Force Assistance Brigades in Tunisia, citing concerns about Russian activities in Libya.
The terrorist acts of September 11, 2001 became the starting point for massive surveillance of the world's citizens, and not least in Western countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom.
ParisFor the deputy of the National Rally in France, the speech of the singer Camélia Jordana on Saturday evening claiming she is afraid when she sees a police officer, is a typical example of the excesses of the cultural left: They prefer to defend the delinquents rather than the police.
IstanbulThe Turkish Minister of Defense, Hulusi Akar during his visit to a Turkish naval base, spoke of "harassment in the Aegean" in recent days, which he described as a "very serious challenge", adding that he could not "explain them".
WashingtonAmerican scientists concluded in a study that chloroquine was ineffective against Covid-19. The release of the study coincided with bad news about the US drug Remdesivir.
In the "humanitarian superpower" Sweden, the management of the Covid-19 pandemic by public health authorities has defied the most basic sense of medical ethics.
BerlinDr. Maximilian Krah, member of the European Parliament for the Eurosceptic Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) and Vice Chairman of the EP China Friendship Group in an exclusive FreeWestMedia interview.
LondonAccording to information from a British daily, a senior European official of the WHO predicts that a second peak of the virus outbreak could coincide with outbreaks of other infectious diseases.
BerlinThousands of Germans demonstrated nationwide again this weekend against Corona confinement requirements. Citizens who are afraid for their jobs, rallied alongside extremists and opponents of vaccination.
MarseilleThe world-renowned French virologist from Marseille, Prof Didier Raoult, believes that he is being identified as a "fake news" propagator because he discloses information buried by the mainstream media.