curated by di Silvia Decina, Gabriele Suriano and Sara Tosoni
In October, the number of people who found themselves forced to flee, to cross the Mediterranean and who managed to arrive in Italy amounted to 7,108. Since the beginning of this year, the number of people arriving in Italy has been 53,399.
Over a thousand people were rescued thanks to the rescue of civilian ships. In addition, over 1,800 people managed to reach the island of Lampedusa independently. Illegal push-backs by the so-called Libyan Coast Guard also continued this month: over 1,700 people intercepted and rejected in Libya.
Furthermore, this month, Agrigento’s Public Prosecutor requests the competent Judge of Preliminary Investigation drop all charges and completely acquit the Commander of the humanitarian ship, Mare Jonio, and Mediterranea Saving Humans’ Head of Mission for the rescue carried out on May 29, 2019. Once again, the dismissal is requested for the absurd accusation of aiding and abetting illegal immigration. But there is more: for the Prosecutor of Agrigento, the so-called Libyan Coast Guard, financed by the Italian government, cannot help anyone, because in reality they capture and deport.