4 juli, Amsterdam: manifestatie vóór vrijheid voor Carola Rackete en tégen de criminalisering van reddingen op zee

Donderdag organiseert “Zeebrug – zorg voor veilige havens” het protest “Free Carola! Stop the criminalisation of rescue at sea!” In de oproep lezen we: “Join us this Thursday at Spui to show your solidarity with Carola Rackete, captain of the Sea-Watch 3, and all those who are fleeing in search for a better life. Neither the EU-Commission nor any European government brought about the solution for the disembarkation of the remaining 40 survivors aboard Sea-Watch 3. In the end it was captain Carola Rackete who was both forced and willing to take responsibility and who brought the people to safety against all adversities. Without permission she entered Italian waters and later the port of Lampedusa. She enforced the rights of the rescued people to be disembarked to a place of safety.”

Er zijn ook drie eisen geformuleerd: “1. Call upon the Italian government to free Carola. The criminalisation of those rescuing people at sea must stop now! 2. Get the Sea-Watch 3, sailing under the Dutch flag, back to out to sea to continue her rescue-work as soon as possible. 3. Heed our call: refugees welcome, freedom of movement for all!”

Donderdag 4 juli
Van 17:00 tot 19:00 uur
Spui, Amsterdam

Anderen zijn in actie gekomen om handtekeningen te verzamelen onder een oproep die zo begint: “The captain of the Sea-Watch 3 charity rescue vessel threatened Tuesday to enter Italian waters illegally to bring 42 migrants to shore after they spent 13 days in limbo at sea. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has banned the Dutch-flagged vessel from approaching under a ‘closed ports’ policy, which has seen migrants repeatedly stranded at sea. ‘I will enter Italian waters and bring them to safety on Lampedusa’, Carola Rackete said in an interview with La Repubblica daily, in reference to Italy’s southernmost island. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg on Tuesday declined to intervene but called on Italy to ‘continue to provide all necessary assistance’ to vulnerable migrants. The German NGO Sea-Watch had asked the ECHR to impose ‘interim measures’ on Italy, saying the court could ask Rome to take urgent steps to resolve the standoff in order to ‘prevent serious and irremediable violations of human rights’. Salvini said Tuesday the charity vessel could ‘stay there until Christmas and New Year” but would never be allowed in’.” Je kunt hier tekenen.

Je kan hier ook doneren aan Sea-Watch. De organisatie schreef op Facebook: “Good Morning #EU. Yesterday, we drove into territorial waters of #Italy out of necessity. We already had the guardia costiera and the guardia die finanza on board. We waited one night. We cannot wait another. Desperation of people in need is nothing to gamble with.”

Eric Krebbers