The mayor of the Italian city of Lampedusa, a common port of entry for migrants crossing the Mediterranean, announced a “general strike” across the island this Sunday from Monday to protest recent arrivals on the coast.
Lampedusa, Italy’s southernmost point, has been overwhelmed by the arrival of migrants for weeks after the coronavirus restrictions ended. Last night, a total of 450 people arrived on the island in a single boat without going any further.
“Tomorrow (for Monday) I will invite the representatives of professional associations on the island and we will declare a general strike: we will close the shops,” Martello said in a statement published on social networks, in which he admonished the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, “who continues to keep a terrible silence” on the situation on the island.
The mayor has also asked the Italian naval ships to intercept the migrants and transfer them directly from Lampedusa, as the local reception center is “full beyond all borders”, before denouncing the newcomers to leave. Escape from the facility and violation of the coronavirus protection regulations.