Italy’s Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini announces that Italian ports are CLOSED the mechanism was the migrants were picked up from Libya intending to go to Malta but were turned away from Malta so the NGO Proactiva Open Arms requested to be allowed entry to Italy. Italian ports “are closed” after the latest docking request by a Spanish migrant rescue ship, Rome government has taken a hard-line approach to the refugee influx.
Salvini replied: “My answer is clear: Italian ports are closed!” Mr Salvini tweeted. “For the traffickers of human beings and for those who help them, the fun is over.”
“For the traffickers of human beings and for those who help them, the fun is over,” Salvini added, referring to his previous claim that some migrant rescue ships have become a taxi service for migrants.
The Spanish government said on the migrants on the rescue ship would be allowed to disembark in Spain at the port of Algeciras.
This sparked anger in the human trafficking NGO who replied on twitter: “We continue with 311 people on board, without port and in need of supplies,” saying that they had rescued more than 300 migrants from three vessels in difficulty, including men, women, children and babies.
Committing the logical fallacy of appealing to emotions, they went on to say:
“If you could feel the cold in the images, it would be easier to understand the emergency. No port to disembark and Malta’s refusal to give us food. This isn’t Christmas.” An odd thing to say given the majority of the migrants are of the Islamic faith, thereby not celebrating Christmas anyway.
Tweeting further to Matteo, Open Arms’ founder Oscar Camps went onto say that “your rhetoric and your message will, like everything in this life, end. But you should know that in a few decades your descendants will be ashamed of what you do and say.”
Many countries are showing opposition to the economic migrants paying a high financial cost to be brought by human traffickers when real refugees can’t afford to and are left behind in their countries.