Mare Ionio seized by GDF, 'attempt to stop us'

Salvini should find new target, says Lampedusa doctor

10 May, 14:44

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, MAY 10 - Mediterranea has said that the seizure of its Mare Ionio ship with 30 migrants onboard by the Italian Financial Police (GDF) was ''an attempt to stop us''. It underscored that it had not received any notification of the seizure and that ''no irregularities'' had been found by the GDF onboard.

    The NGO noted on Twitter that ''the interior ministry announces the seizure through the media before telling us. The seizure is an attempt to stop us, but the important thing for us is that people have been saved. The only crime is letting people die at sea or in Libya.'' ''Last trip for the ship of social centers Mare Ionio: stopped and seized. Bye Bye,'' Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini wrote on Twitter about the seizure of the ship run by the Mediterranea Saving Humans organization on Lampedusa.

    The interior minister then posted a photo of the ship and Luca Casarini, former head of social centers in the northeastern part of the country and now an activist at the head of Mediterranea missions, entitling it ''seized''. ''Salvini should find a new target. His propaganda doesn't work anymore,'' said Pietro Bartolo, the Lampedusa doctor who has saved the lives of hundreds of migrants over the past few years and who is now an independent candidate in the European elections on the Pd-Siamo list.

    ''Soon the disembarking will begin and of course our facilities is ready to receive and assist the 30 migrants onboard,'' Bartolo said. ''Mediterranean did well not to speak to Libya, as the interior ministry had suggested yesterday evening, and instead head for Lampedusa.'' He added that ''we have all seen the face of the invader this time too. She is only a year old and is alive thanks to the presence of NGOs in the Mediterranean.(ANSAmed).

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