21 July 2017
Catania: Press Conference Against The Docking Of The C-Star, The Fascist Ship
The press conference will be held tomorrow, Saturday 22 July at 10m, at the port of Catania, next to Dock 8.
A stop over in the port of Catania or other Sicilian ports would allow the loading of provisions necessary for the “mission” and the “volunteers” who have signed up for the paramilitary operation.
Since the end of last year, Frontex and other “secret services” of European governments have spread defamatory accusations that the NGOs collaborate with human traffickers. Unfortunately, many media sources, instead of checking the veracity of this claim, have amplified a climate of intolerance with regards to those rescuing people at sea. In doing so, they have heightened a xenophobic panic pushed forwards by openly racist political forces, despite the fact that “incitement to racial hatred” being a crime in Italy under the Mancino law (n.205, 1993).
Before and after the push-backs to Libya, migrants – male and female – are subject to every kind of violence, to torture and rape.
We extend our solidarity to the NGO humanitarian missions. We recognise the value not only in saving thousands of human lives but also in their constituting an irreplaceable witness to that which is occurring every day in the Canal of Sicily and along the Libyan coast, at the exact time when European governments are financing and arming the Libyan Coast Guard to block the departure of migrants and Frontex is gradually reducing its Search and Rescue interventions, instead prioritising the militarised blockade of the departures and the closing of the borders.
Generazione Identitaria’s “mission” is the latest moment in a growing climate of criminalising solidarity, from Catania to Ventimiglia, from Greece to Calais.
Project “OpenEurope” – Oxfam Italia, Diaconia Valdese, Borderline Sicilia Onlus
Translation by Richard Braude