A wave of peaceful mass protests nationwide has risen up today from north to south against the “immigration policy” introduced by the Italian far-right Minister of the Interior, who denied the migrant rescue ship MS Aquarius permission to dock in Italy. A humanitarian catastrophe was avoided only thank to the intervention of Spanish Prime Minister and Secretary-General of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party Pedro Sánchez, who gave the ship permission to dock in Valencia, Spain. Furthermore, it seems very serious that a military corp such as the Coast Guard claims to be, in executing the far-right Minister of the Interior’s order, ended up for committing fragrant violations of international law. As Naples Mayor Luigi de Magistris warns, the story won’t end here: “The port of Naples is open. Whoever prevents a ship from docking in a port to save lives, whoever puts human lives at risk, not only behaves in an undignified, shameful and ethically reprehensible way, but commits a crime against humanity and will be called to answer before international tribunals”.
Mass rally in Milan, Italy. Similar rallies have been held in Bari, Bologna, Florence, Genoa, Livorno, Naples, Rome, Palermo, Turin and so on. Photos: la Repubblica.