Tunisian fishermen await trial after ‘saving hundreds of migrants’ | World news | The Guardian
The Italian police said in a statement: “We acted according to our protocol. After the fishing boat released the vessel, it returned south of the Pelagie Islands where other fishing boats were active in an attempt to shield itself.”
It is not the first time that Italian authorities have arrested fishermen and charged them with aiding illegal immigration. On 8 August 2007, police arrested two Tunisian fishermen for having guided into Italian waters 44 migrants. The trial lasted four years and both men were acquitted of all criminal charges.
Leonardo Marino, a lawyer in Agrigento who had defended dozens of Tunisian fishermen accused of enabling smuggling, told the Guardian: “The truth is that migrants are perceived as enemies and instead of welcoming them we have decided to fight with repressive laws anyone who is trying to help them.”
More evidence of fascism rising, as desperate refugees and asylum seekers are made into criminal terrorists and those attempting to help them are also criminalized.
As the 1 percent get richer off of never ending wars and bombing cities globally into utter destruction, desperate people become even more desperate. The 1 percent are laughing all the way to the bank and foster the growth of fascism, which grows stronger the more chaotic and desperate the economic situation becomes.