The “Mediterranea” is at sea. When the law creates death, it is our duty to disobey
The first Italian-flagged ship to sail to international waters off the Libyan coast is at sea. It is headed to where more than 800 people have died in the past four months
The first Italian-flagged ship to sail to international waters off the Libyan coast is now at sea. It is headed where more than 800 people have died in the past four months.
Last night the ship “Mediterranea” sailed from a Sicilian port. At the moment it is the only boat at sea to monitor what is happening in the international waters off the Libyan coast and the Sar areas of Malta and Italy.
According to a report recently published by ISPI (Institute for International Policy Studies), 867 people have died or have gone missing in this stretch of sea during the past 4 months. That means one out of five people who embarked in the attempt to reach Europe. This is a continuous, silent and invisible massacre, caused by the anti-humanitarian policies enacted at a European level first and now, above all, by Italy.
The mission has been launched by several Italian associations – including Arci Nazionale, Ya Basta of Bologna, the NGO Sea-Watch, the online magazine I Diavoli and the social enterprise Moltivolti of Palermo – and is supported by representatives of the world of culture and social entities. The main boat will be accompanied by a schooner that will support the various operations.
Today at 3 pm in Rome, at the Crystal Hall of the Hotel Nazionale (Piazza Montecitorio 131), there will be a press conference to present the initiative and the project.
DINAMOpress will be following all the operations carried out by Mediterranea.