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Migrants: Italian justice allows Open Arms to approach Lampedusa

2019-08-14T22:14:28.385Z

Salvini's "closed port" policy is pitching. For 14 days at sea, waiting to be able to land in a safe harbor, after the refusal of Malta, the Spanish humanitarian ship Open Arms is expected to dock in the morning on August 15 in Lampedusa, with ...


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Volunteers help load blanket donations on the OpenArms NGO boat. RFI / Elise Gazengel

Salvini's "closed port" policy is pitching. For 14 days at sea, waiting to land in a safe harbor, after the refusal of Malta, the Spanish humanitarian ship Open Arms should dock in the morning on August 15 in Lampedusa, with 147 migrants on board, including 32 minors . This by virtue of a judicial decision suspending a decree of the Minister of the Interior, Matteo Salvini, prohibiting him access to Italian territorial waters.

With our correspondent in Rome, Anne Le Nir

The case of the ship Open Arms is a double slap for the Minister of the Interior. First, the Administrative Court of Rome accepted the appeal filed on August 13 by the Spanish NGO against a decree forbidding him to enter Italian waters , signed on August 8 by Salvini, head of the League and the ministers. Stars of Transport and Defense. The court found a violation of international law on rescue at sea and a situation of extreme urgency for the 147 migrants aboard the ship.

Then, in the new context of political crisis triggered by Salvini who slammed the door in the face of the 5 stars on August 9, and calls for early elections, the Minister of Defense has made a nose up. She asked two military naval patrolmen to escort to the port of Lampedusa the humanitarian ship manhandled by the rough sea.

Matteo Salvini reacted by stating that he would refuse the landing of migrants on Italian soil and that he would lodge an appeal against the decision of the administrative court before the Council of State.

Source: rfi

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