Question and answer on Facebook between the secretary of the Democratic Party and the premier. “Receiving a fine and administrative detention for having saved more human lives than ‘authorised’: the Meloni government decree constitutes the crime of solidarity”, wrote the dem leader in a long post. “We apply laws and principles that have always existed in every state: it is not allowed to facilitate illegal immigration and directly or indirectly favor trafficking in human beings”, commented the Prime Minister
Q&A on Facebook between Elly Schlein and Giorgia Meloni on the issue of migrants. The secretary of the Democratic Party attacked: “Receiving a fine and an administrative detention for having saved more human lives than those ‘authorised’: the Meloni government decree constitutes the crime of solidarity”. Later, the prime minister replied by commenting on the post: “Crime of solidarity? We apply laws and principles that have always existed in every State” (THE MIGRANT SPECIAL).
Elly Schlein’s post
Elly Schlein’s post was published around 3.30pm. “Receiving a fine and an administrative detention for having saved more human lives than those ‘authorised’: the Meloni government decree constitutes the crime of solidarity. This is what happened to Open Arms for having rescued some boats in difficulty while sailing towards the port of disembarkation assigned to Carrara (as far as possible due to cruelty), for a previous rescue. This is also happening to the Sea-Eye ship in Salerno, fined and detained for twenty days”, reads the message from the secretary of the Democratic Party. And again: “Tell us: were those people in danger perhaps abandoned at sea? The paradox is that more and more often it is the Italian Coast Guard that requests their support intervention: in a previous mission Open Arms found itself at carry out 7 rescue operations in the same day, in the last month they have saved 734 people and provided assistance to another 540 always under the coordination of the Italian Coast Guard.But today that ship, to which the same Italian authorities have asked for support for the rescues, is stopped for twenty days as a result of the decree approved by the Meloni government”. “I refuse to call it the Cutro decree – Schlein wrote again – more respect is needed for those dead. It is a decree that wants to make it more difficult to save lives and violates international law of the sea. Support is asked for NGOs – it even happened when the patrol boats of the Coast Guard have run out of fuel – but upon their arrival they are sanctioned and criminalized, stopping them for 20 days. War is being waged against the NGOs which are only making up for the serious absence of an EU institutional search and rescue mission in the Mediterranean, a Sea Nostrum Europea. And in Europe the government is silent. I don’t think there is anything else to add in the face of a government that considers it a sin to save lives and not a moral duty. Perhaps just one word: inhuman. Solidarity is not a crime”.
Giorgia Meloni’s answer
Meloni’s response came with a comment on the post, published at 5 pm. “Crime of solidarity? We apply laws and principles that have always existed in every State: it is not permitted to facilitate illegal immigration and to favor, directly or indirectly, the trafficking in human beings,” she wrote. And again: “Solidarity is stopping the voyages of hope and the deaths at sea. Because helping to enrich those who organize trafficking in human beings has nothing to do with the words solidarity and humanity”.