Italian Interior Minister Salvini Refuses NGO Taxi Ship of 629 Migrants Picked up off Libyan Coast
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini refused to accept an NGO taxi ship carrying 629 migrants from Libya to Italy.
The NGO ship Aquarius is holding the migrants off the coast of Italy and Malta.
Salvini campaigned against the flood of migrants into Italy.
Some 629 #migrants saved by #SOSMediterranee Saturday are stuck aboard the French NGO's ship #Aquarius, which is currently between #Malta and #Sicily waiting for a secure port at which to dock 🚢⚓ pic.twitter.com/s3NPR22eF4
— FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en) June 11, 2018
He said "we are saying no to human trafficking, no to the business of illegal immigration". pic.twitter.com/Uv0t9c5bZe
— Poland Daily (@PolandDaily) June 10, 2018
Bleeding-heart liberals pick up the migrants off the coast of Africa and dump them in Italy.
The new Italian government promised to crack down on these operations.
The Local reported:
Hundreds of people on board a migrant rescue boat have been stranded in the Mediterranean between Italy and Malta in a standoff between the two nations, with both refusing to allow the vessel to dock.
Some 629 people, including pregnant women and scores of children, were saved by SOS Mediterranee on Saturday and are stuck aboard the French NGO’s ship Aquarius, which is currently between Malta and Sicily waiting for a secure port.
Malta on Sunday reiterated its refusal to accept the ship, ignoring calls from Rome.
Italy’s hardline interior minister Matteo Salvini, in a joint statement with Danilo Toninelli, minister in charge of the Italian coastguard, insisted that Malta “cannot continue to look the other way when it comes to respecting precise international conventions on the protection of human life”.
“That’s why we ask the government in Valletta to take in the Aquarius in order to offer first aid to the migrants on board.”