Quote of the Day: Italy’s New Populist Government Turns Away Ship With 600 Migrants Aboard – The New York Times

Interior Minister Matteo Salvini after a cabinet meeting in Rome this month. “Rescuing lives is a duty, transforming Italy into an enormous refugee camp is not,” Mr. Salvini wrote on Facebook on Monday.CreditAndreas Solaro/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

“I’ve never thought of closing the ports, not even when 26 ships arrived with 13,500 migrants within 36 hours.”

~MARCO MINNITI, a former interior minister of Italy, upon hearing that Italian officials had turned away a rescue boat carrying hundreds of people.

Source: Quotation of the Day: Italy’s New Populist Government Turns Away Ship With 600 Migrants Aboard – The New York Times

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