ROME, Aug. 18 (EUROPE PRESS) –
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has celebrated the announcement of the Spanish Government, which this Sunday has named Algeciras as the destination port of the rescue ship 'Open Arms', which is located off the coast of the island of Lampedusa. The immigrants on board, 107, were rescued 17 days ago and the situation is “unsustainable” according to the ship's captain.
“Good news. Who resists, wins. Only against all … The Spanish Government opens the ports,” Salvini said in a video posted on his social networks.
The Italian minister has ironized criticism in the press and the political class in the face of his refusal to open Italian ports to the rescued. “Salvini is horrible, bad, racist; he is responsible for everything (…). This Sunday I woke up with a message from the 'Open Arms' in which they speak of the miserable minister Salvini, of a worldwide shame,” he said.
In addition, he has reiterated his accusations denying that there is a medical-sanitary emergency on board the boat and has mocked the visit of the American actor Richard Gere to the ship. “Nice holidays on a sailboat in Italy,” he said.
“If I have to end up in prison for defending the security of my country, I will do it with my head up,” said the minister and leader of the ultra-right-wing Liga party, immersed in a political crisis because of his differences with his main government partner, the Movement 5 stars.