Sea Watch captain: Carola Rackete sues Matteo Salvini

The Italian Interior Minister is spreading a "message of hatred" on Twitter and Facebook, Rackete said. By contrast, the Sea Watch captain wants to act legally.


Sea Watch captain Carola Rackete wants Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini because of his comments on Facebook and Twitter to bring to justice. The libel suit is to be submitted to the Public Prosecutor's Office in Rome and is available to the dpa news agency. The 31-year-old accuses Salvini of inciting people to hate in social media. "In Matteo Salvini's words, there are abysmal feelings of hatred, denigration, delegitimization, and even bodily dehumanization," it says. The complaint has not yet been filed because of problems with the post, said Rackete defender Alessandro Gamberini.

The head of the right-wing Lega made fun of it on Thursday: "The German Communist, the one who rammed the boat of the financial police, has called on the prosecution to block my pages on Facebook and Twitter.There is no limit to the ridicule So use Instagram ??? ", he wrote on Twitter.

La comunista tedesca, quella che ha speronato la motovedetta della Guardia di Finanza, ha chiesto alla Procura di chiudere le mie pagine Facebook e Twitter. Non c'è limite al ridicolo.
Quindi posso usare solo Instagram ??? 🤣https: //t.co/9xLTz2xjE2

- Matteo Salvini (@matteosalvinimi) 11th July 2019

Rackete has been in the headlines for weeks because at the end of June she had illegally driven the rescue vessel of the German aid organization Sea-Watch with migrants aboard to Italy. Against the 31-year-old from Lower Saxony is being investigated in Italy, among other things, for aiding and abetting illegal immigration.

Salvini commented on the events surrounding the "Sea-Watch 3" since the rescue of a total of 53 migrants in mid-June from Libya in the media and on his accounts on Twitter and Facebook. In tweets and live videos he attacked Rackete several times directly and described her as "rich and spoiled German Communist", "outlaws" and "criminals" and accused her of attempting to kill. The defamation lawsuit documents Salvini's comments in detail.

Salvini's followers went further

The Minister of the Interior is spreading a "message of hatred" on Twitter and Facebook, and is using his office for this, the lawsuit continues. With his statements Salvini again "countless" other statements triggered, for example, was racquet of his followers as "German whore" or "spoiled hooker" has been called. It was also commented: "Concrete them."

Salvini's statements are "far from being utterances of legitimate criticism," rather, they are "gratuitous and insulting aggression against my person," according to the lawsuit. For weeks, he has also been conducting a "hate campaign" against Sea-Watch, which called Salvini an "illegal and lawless organization" that would let "illegal migrants" disembark an "illegal ship", a "pirate ship", a "lawless ship" and whose members are "accomplices of smugglers and traffickers".

Rackete's defense lawyer Gamberini said in an interview that he was complaining that it was difficult to face hatred. But you want to set a sign.

ref: zeit

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