Mar 28 2011
Not only do they arrive with nothing but their hands held out for freebies, they are bitching and moaning about not getting good enough treatment by overwhelmed Italian officials. They should be thankful Italy didn’t blow them out of the water.
FLOCKING UNINVITED to the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa, some 15,000 North African Muslim migrants have been making their voices heard. They staged a protest on the tiny island of Lampedusa to raise awareness of their plight.
BITCH. BITCH. BITCH.
Having fled political turmoil at home where they just overthrew the government and should be happy, they are living in makeshift tent camps, with poor sanitary provision and little to eat and doing nothing but bitching about it. “We have no food. We have no shelter. Look at where we sleep,” said Tunisian migrant Sabri Benzina.
Italy also fears an influx of many more thousands of refugees from war-torn Libya. Frattini has spoken of an “exodus of Biblical proportions”.
ALREADY OVERWHELMED by those trying to flee the turmoil in Libya and Tunisia, a further 1500 people are reported to have arrived in the last 24 hours. That has sparked fears of a health crisis. 5000 other newcomers from North Africa are already estimated to have recently landed on Lampedusa, even though the island’s temporary holding centre only has a maximum of 800 places.
Footage taken of the shelter appeared to show squalid conditions, with toilets, showers and sinks all blocked by rubbish. Locals have expressed fears the influx could lead to an epidemic with many migrants sleeping in tents of plastic sheeting across the Island.
HEAD OF THE EU’S border control agency, Frontex, says the Tunisian government must take some of the responsibility for what he calls the “traumatic situation in Lampedusa.” The Italian island is under strain from thousands of migrants who have crossed the sea from Tunisia in the past week.
Speaking on the sidelines of a European police conference in Berlin, Ilkka Laitinen said: “That has to be solved in a comprehensive way, putting all the political sectors together, putting all the practitioners, authorities together with a common strategy. Border control is part of this solution but it is not the [only] solution.”
The authorities in Rome are alarmed. The Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini has said he fears a further influx of migrants into Italy from other north African countries, as part of repercussions of the instability in Tunisia.
Italy has began moving Tunisian migrants from Lampedusa, while calling on EU partners to help take up the strain of accommodating refugees and asylum seekers.
LAMPEDUSA’S RESIDENTS have taken it upon themselves to prevent a boat carrying 116 immigrants from landing. Each time the vessel, thought to have come from Tunisia, tried to come ashore the demonstrators blocked it.
Italian officials say since mid-January nearly 15,000 immigrants – more than last year’s total – have made the 110-kilometre journey. Lampedusa lies closer to the African coast than to Sicily.
The Libyan conflict has brought fears of a further exodus. The island’s mayor says more boats have been spotted and has warned of a possible shortage of drinking water. Arrivals are shipped to the Italian mainland, but the boats keep coming, causing tension on the island and between Rome and the EU.
THIS LITTLE CREEP CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHY HE ISN’T GETTING THE RED CARPET ROLLED OUT FOR HIM FROM ITALY.