Italy: Protesters rally against Italian government cooperation with Libyan coast guard

Protesters gathered in the centre of Rome on Monday to demand that the Italian government cease its cooperation with the Libyan coast guard immediately. The rally was organised by a group made up of left-wing politicians, human rights activists, and NGO employees, including huge names such as writers Roberto Saviano. Multiple representatives of the NGOs Sea Watch and Open Arms gave speeches igniting the crowd. «The so-called coastguard is a paramilitary and paracriminal entity that is a part of the complex human trafficking organisation that controls the waves of migrants in the Mediterranean,» stated Italian senator Luigi Manconi. Demonstrators also called for the closure of detention camps for migrants in Libya as well as taking aim at their own governments' failings to the troubled migrants. «We need to revise everything, starting from the landing and the integration process, obviously overcoming Salvini's laws as well as the relations with Libya,» said Roman senator Emma Bonino. On June 16th the Italian government its mission in Libya renewed for the fourth time, supporting the Al Sarraj government in fighting illegal migration, illegal trafficking, and threats to international security.

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