Lampedusa, Italy: Incendiary revolt against the hotspot

In Lampedusa, the demonstrations (of about 150 people isolated in the hotspot) are continuous. On 8 March, a flare was thrown by migrants against the hotspot: it’s the third time in 15 days.
At 7 pm, a group of migrants left the centre to protest on the steps of the main church of Lampedusa again. They say that after the previous protest, which led to them going on a hunger strike for six days, they had received the promise of a transfer to Sicily, but after a month nothing has changed. Nobody wants to stay in the hotspot, and some in order to be transferred are prepared to be “charged with theft”: receiving an expulsion order within seven days, to reach Sicily, would at least allow the possibility of continuing the journey towards other countries and avoid immediate deportation to Tunisia.

At around 8:30 pm, the fire broke out in two rooms upstairs at the top of the first pavilion, also causing the mezzanine to collapse. The fire did not spread further because of the rapid intervention of some firefighters present in the hotspot, so as to prevent protests by detainees and the frequent fires destroying the pavilions, as has happened in the past in 2009, 2011 and twice in 2016. Two other teams of voluntary firefighters put out the flames after two hours.
The police also intervened in anti-riot gear to contain the demonstration and the hotspot exit.
[Reviewed and retaken of by Article 13]

Posted on 2018/03/12 by Sans_Attendre
Translated by Act for freedom now!

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