NGOs accuse the Italian government of not doing enough to prevent the deaths of migrants at sea. They do so after submitting a joint complaint with 40 Italian and European civil society associations to the Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Court of Crotone to ask it to shed light on the shipwreck at the end of February in Steccato di Cutro, which cost the lives of 78 people, including many women and children. They want possible responsibilities in the rescue machine to be ascertained. These associations include Save the Children, Médecins Sans Frontières, Open Arms, Amnesty International, ARCI, Legambiente, RESQ – People Saving People, Sea-eye, Sea-watch and many others, whether they are involved in Search and Rescue of migrants or not.
While the ‘Stop the Massacre Immediately’ procession, promoted in Cutro, was taking place, arriving on the beach of Steccato di Cutro a few hundred metres from the site of the shipwreck, the appeals of another small boat with about fifty migrants fell on deaf ears. Only 17 of them were saved.
In the reconstruction of Giorgia Linardi, of the NGO Sea Watch, ‘It was a political choice by Italy not to intervene by sending means capable of rescuing those people. Choices in line with what Giorgia Meloni said in Crotone: ‘We want to discourage departures, to tell these people that it is not worth coming to Italy. Only they want to make them understand by letting them die at sea.” There is a lot of anger and bitterness in the words of those who, like Giorgia Linardi, followed that boat for a whole day, raising the first mayday in the night between Friday and Saturday when the migrants called the Alarm Phone switchboard. (Source: https://www.repubblica.it).
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