The SeaWatch 3 entered the Italian territorial waters, now it is located a few miles from the island of Lampedusa, indicated in recent days as one of the safe ports where migrants land. 42 people, crew excluded, remained on board the German NGO's vessel, as some had been disembarked for medical-health reasons.
And by the same principle the ship's commander, Carola Rackete, decided to violate the blockade imposed by the Interior Ministry. "I decided to enter the port of Lampedusa. I know what a risk, but the 42 shipwrecked on board are exhausted. I take them to safety ", the woman wrote on Twitter, and the non-profit organization itself supported the decision:" The blame: being rescued by an NGO. The punishment: frying on the deck of a ship for weeks. Rejected and abandoned by Europe. Meanwhile, more than 200 people have landed in Lampedusa in recent days. Enough, we entered. "
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini responded to the provocation and the force action, all through social media: first he reiterated that he had not granted any authorization for the landing by giving the 'sbruffoncella' to the commander Rackete, then he invited the Netherlands to answer for the act considered hostile, since the ship flies the Dutch flag. All this by deploying the public force in the port of Lampedusa, a few hundred meters from the vessel that has not yet entered the port, but which is stationed nearby after not having stopped at the Alt ordered by patrol boats of the Coast Guard and the Guardia di Finanza.
The reactions of other political forces did not wait. According to the leader of the Brothers of Italy Giorgia Meloni "the ship must be seized, the crew must be arrested, the immigrants on board repatriated immediately and the ship sunk as happens for ships that do not respect international law"; PD secretary Nicola Zingaretti calls for an urgent meeting on immigration; the other deputy premier, and labor minister, Luigi Di Maio appeals to the Dublin treaty and hopes for a review because, he says, "migrants cannot all land in Italy".