|[Piazza duca d’Aosta, Milan, Italy (2016). Photo source: Wiki Commons]|
"Salvini’s war against immigration is being waged by land and by sea.
It is a war against a section of society that makes up over eight per cent of the country’s population.
By sea, the war is being waged through a criminalization of humanitarian rescue operations.
The decree recently approved by [his] Italian government restricting the right to asylum is the terrestrial counterpart to the criminalization of NGOs operating in the Mediterranean.
This not only pertains to operations carried out by foreign NGOs, which are accused of failing to observe the sovereignty of national borders, but also to operations carried out by the Italian Coast Guard itself.
This is a schizophrenia typical of authoritarianism and amounts to a call on the state authorities to close ranks.
The climax to Matteo Salvini’s ongoing campaign against humanitarianism, it will have a fundamental impact on the management of migration within the country..."
Read more from source at EuroZine here.