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Ocean Viking landing is good, but not enough

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Commentary. This time, there was no more refusal to assist in an emergency and no more false imprisonment, crimes for which Salvini—and not just him—should be tried under international law, if such still existed.

written by Tommaso Di Francesco

Topic Refugees


September 16, 2019

Great news: we finally see a “discontinuity,” with the new Italian government authorizing 82 refugees from the humanitarian vessel Ocean Viking to land at Lampedusa. We know this is good news by the fact that Salvini is already trying to stir up street protests, shouting about a supposed “invasion.” All the while, Di Maio, nowadays Foreign Minister and a former vice-premier in the Conte 1 government, is trying to stress that there is actually no discontinuity at all with the practices of the previous government, since “the goal has always been the redistribution” of arrivals.

It should be made clear, however, that this landing would not have been approved if the Minister of Hatred, Mr. “Give Me Full Powers,” had any say—or if Salvini still had the election card to play, after 14 months of his racist........

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