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Italy Declares Emergency Over Migrants

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Posted on Feb 13, 2011
AP / Elio Desiderio

Migrants from Tunisia are seen on the shores of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, Italy, after arriving by boat.

A humanitarian emergency has been declared in Italy after boatloads of migrants from revolution-racked Tunisia began arriving on a tiny Italian isle in the Mediterranean.

The Italian interior minister has said he will ask Tunisia to let Rome send a security team to the African nation to try to stem the tide of departures. —JCL

Al-Jazeera English:

Italy has declared a humanitarian emergency after thousands of migrants sailed across the Mediterranean Sea from Tunisia, overwhelming authorities on Lampedusa, a tiny Italian island.

The Italian government said on Sunday that it was planning to deploy security forces on Tunisian soil to stop the waves of illegal immigrants.

“I will ask Tunisia’s foreign minister for authorisation for our forces to intervene in Tunisia to block the flux,” Roberto Maroni, Italy’s interior minister, said in a television interview.

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By diamond, February 13, 2011 at 11:17 pm Link to this comment

I don’t think it enhances Italy’s status in the world to have a Prime Minister who said of the jailing of a Mafia don/former Prime Minister who had ordered the killing of a journalist that the jailing of said Mafia don was ‘a disgrace’. I also don’t think it does Italy’s image any good to have a Prime Minister who literally owns virtually the entire Italian media and who runs the government as if he’s a pimp in a brothel.

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By Peter Knopfler, February 13, 2011 at 6:19 pm Link to this comment

HURRY HIDE THE GIRLS Prime Minister is coming!

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