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In Italy, the ports are open to arms but closed to humans

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22.05.2019

Commentary. The ports are open for weapons shipments, while the same ports are closed for boatloads of desperate human beings, by the order of the Minister of Hatred himself, Matteo Salvini. But the real news is that the protests have begun.

written by Tommaso Di Francesco

Topic Italy

Also filed under commentary

ROME

May 22, 2019

If you want a tangible and concrete illustration of the nature of the Italian government, of the contract between the racist nationalism of Lega and the vigilante-style populism of the M5S, look no further than at two ports located in our beautiful country’s north and south: Genova and Lampedusa.

In Genova, the Ligurian capital, there is a Saudi ship docked called the Bahri Yanbu, which has for a long time been transporting weapons to Saudi Arabia. In the other extremity of the country, off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, the Sea Watch, the humanitarian rescue ship giving aid to refugees, was itself blocked until just two days ago. By the decision of the Italian government, the ports are open for weapons shipments to a country at war—Saudi Arabia, engaged in the bloody conflict in Yemen—while the same ports are closed for boatloads of desperate human beings, again by the order of the Italian government, specifically of the Minister of Hatred himself, Matteo Salvini.

But the real news is that protests have started in both ports, challenging the silence, the duplicity and the........

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