A police officer assigned to work on Lampedusa to help processing the “refugees” has written a long letter of warning to the Italian newspaper Il Tempo about his experience. Other newspapers have been publishing articles about it. Here are some extracts.
This is the truth about the disembarkations and it is “disturbing”. Manuel Cantelli, A a long-serving police officer, has written a letter to Il Tempo to let people know what the assigned agents endure each day during the arrival of the immigrants. Above all, it is immigrants we are talking about.
“They are desperate, certainly, but in Italy there are unfortunately so many Italians who are desperate and more of them.” Four thousand persons, continues the agent, arrived from Tunisia after the prisons were opened following a pardon. [See previous article about this here]
For the most part they are “youths between 15 and 30…with very clear ideas about what they expect.” And “those who have to deal with them every day can testify that none of them show the least courtesy in asking for things politely, on the contrary they make demands and are ready to use unpleasant words for any reason, for example, if there are slight delays in giving them their property.”
They are “determined, organised” young men, they have created a Facebook page “on which they share photos and videos of their adventures during the journey.”
Every day hundreds of people are disembarking on the Italian coasts, some with their boats. Many of them are accompanied by a sort of ‘welcome committee’, they are given food and after a nice pat on the shoulders, with friendly goodbyes, they are left free to go wherever they want. To put it clearly, free in our country. Hard to believe such things are happening.”
The officer is convinced that “these people, these youths, are not refugees.” None of them are fleeing war. They are “Tunisian convicts who certainly are not coming here to work in factories.” When they disembark they receive a travel warrant. They are supposed to leave Italy within 7 days but in the end almost none of them do.
“We have put in motion an enormous machine of assistance and in Lampedusa there is an incredible deployment of forces, resources and people from all agencies, from Civil Protection to the Red Cross, the fire brigade and all the forces of order; aircraft, ships, ferries, all dedicated to welcoming asylum seekers, all preoccupied with providing a 5 star service to these gentlemen, who are anything but peaceful tourists.”
An invasion sustained by the silence of the institutions and the media: “In most cases, these are people without any restraint, without any respect for our rules, our laws, our civilisation, and unfortunately the television news doesn’t speak about it as if what is happening in Lampedusa is something that should be hidden.”
“We are putting ourselves in a situation that in my opinion, very soon, will blow back on us in an irreversible way”. “I fervently hope that soon something can be done to curb this invasion.”