This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
A SOUTH Sudanese refugee in Italy has condemned Matteo Salvini for an immigrant-bashing press conference on Lampedusa today, saying it will “only incite hatred, violence and grave human rights violations against people of colour across Italy.”
Yambio David Oliver, who helped organise a protest movement called Refugees in Libya when trapped in that country, told the Morning Star that Mr Salvini’s trip to the island — where many refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean first make it ashore — should alert people to his toxic politics.
“Italians are not well informed about the way their taxpayer money is used to kill thousands of people in the Mediterranean, in Libya and at the EU’s borders,” Mr Oliver said.
“Now [Salvini] is back again, centring migration and instrumentalising it as a weapon to win votes. Some people say refugees should not interfere in Italian politics — but it’s always about us, so we have to speak out.
“Understand that the graveyard of the Mediterranean and the endless cycle of suffering in Libya is not only Salvini’s responsibility or that of whoever is in office, it is the responsibility of all Italians if they do not question their elected authorities about what is happening at Europe’s borders. It is not too late to decide what kind of a leader they should elect.”
Mr Salvini used the island trip — part of campaigning for elections next month — to say Italy should not accept immigrants, who “only bring problems.”
As interior minister in 2019, he blocked rescue ships from disembarking refugees saved from drowning at sea at Italian ports, a breach of international law that saw him taken to court.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £10 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.