Italy's PM Salvini Shuts Down The Ports To Block The Entrance Of Rescue Boat Carrying 629 Refugees From The Middle East And North Africa
On 13th June 2018
Aquarius, a migrant rescue boat recently used by the German coastguard has been left stranded at the Sicilian shore carrying around 629 refugees, for the last three days as the Italian government and the neighbor country Malta refuse to dock the asylum seekers. In a humanitarian gesture, Spain has announced that it will accept the migrants but with an upcoming storm the additional 3-4 days journey for these exhausted migrants, that includes over hundreds of minors and around seven pregnant women won't be without risk and danger.
#1 A Rescue Boat Carrying 629 Migrants Boarded The Sicily Shore
In a recent event that took place on the shores of Italy where rescue boats stranded with escaped refugees from the Middle East and North Africa reached but were refused to dock on orders given by the Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini. According to Salvini the decision to refuse entrance to the stranded refugees in the country is just the beginning for his staunchly eurosceptic government. Salvini, whose coalition promised to be tough on the immigrants announced 'victory' after blocking the ports as the country has been considered main entry point for those fleeing North Africa and the Middle East.
#2 The Italian Government Refused To Dock The Aquarius
Salvini after refusing to shelter the refugees suggested that the neighbor country Malta should step forward and help the refugees but following in its footsteps, Malta also refused to do so. After both the countries refused to dock the passengers, Spain reportedly has announced to accept the refugees on a humanitarian basis. Reportedly tension between the charity workers and asylum seekers was observed as hundreds of migrants picked up from the Libyan coast were told they have to face a three days more voyage at sea to seek asylum at Spain, the only country that is willing to accept them.
#3 Salvini Fulfills His Promise Of Being Tough On The Immigrants
Following the ordeal, Salvini tweeted, "Victory!" then said, "The game doesn't end today... It's the first important signal that Italy cannot handle this enormous burden alone. The problem was solved thanks to the big heart of the Spanish Government but the EU cannot keep depending on big hearts."