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La Repubblica - Italy | Monday, February 14, 2011

Rome's hand in Tunisians' flight

Several thousand people have landed on the Italian island of Lampedusa in recent days as a result of the toppling of the Tunisian regime. Rome shares part of the blame for the situation because of its questionable agreement with Libya on illegal immigration, writes the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: "The victims of an entire political era characterised by Rome's cooperation with Muammar al-Gaddafi and the brutalisation of our society end up in Lampedusa's waters. ... From those who die during the crossings to the arbitrary deportations which all end in Libya's prison to the illegal immigrants who are left at the mercy of exploiters and human trafficking. ... We can see that this situation is on the one hand a result of Europe growing ever more distant and on the other of increasingly close connections with Gaddafi, whom we have promoted to the position of watchman of our coasts, and whom we supply and pay with weapons to this end."

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