Finance police on Sea Watch to notify security decree

Impasse for ship. Salvini quotes Wojtyla to control flows

17 June, 11:24

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JUNE 17 -Sea Watch has announced on social media the arrival of finance police aboard to notify the second migrant and security decree with the words ''love letters from Rome. The decree, which came into effect on Saturday, provides for fines between 10 and 50,000 euros and the potential confiscation of the boat in case it enters Italian territorial waters. For the fifth consecutive day, the Sea Watch has remained off the coast of Lampedusa, taking care of the 43 migrants who have remained on board after the disembarkation of a few minors, pregnant women and sick people was allowed yesterday. Italian Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, in a tweet on Sunday, quoted Pope John Paul II, when in 2003 he said that it was the ''responsibility of public authorities to exercise control over migrant flows considering the needs of the greater good''.

    The Sea Watch is continuing to ask for a ''safe port'' while on board the condition of migrants who were rescued last Tuesday continues to raise concerns. ''We will not return to Libya'', they repeated from the ship, while in front of the coasts of Tripoli, Libyan coast guards intercepted a dinghy with 35 migrants on board, including women and two children, taking them to a ''center to control illegal immigration''.

    ''Last night the interior ministry - the Sea Watch said on Twitter - sent a finance police ship to be 100% sure that our captain and mission chief were informed of the new decree of minister Salvini that provides for a fine of up to 50,000 euros to bring rescued people to safety''.

    Tax policy did not notify anything formally to the crew but only handed them the text of the measure. The minister, who is in Washington for a visit, responded via social media. This time, however, he published a photo of Pope John Paul II and a quote on migrant flows, saying that welcoming migrants should be enacted ''respecting the law and therefore be combined, when necessary, with the firm repression of abuse''. (ANSAmed).

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