The Address | Benghazi – Libya
PALERMO – Mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando, described Libya as an open-air “concentration camp” for migrants funded by the European Union.
In a media statement on Tuesday, Orlando criticized EU’s policy on migration including that of Italy, “which provided Libya with money given to human traffickers, to keep them [migrants] in Libya and torture them,”
The Sicilian mayor also spoke of his decision to open his city’s ports to migrant and NGO ships, a decision that put him in direct confrontation with Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.
“This is not a rebellion for me, but a constitutional obedience,” which he “carried out as mayor and within the exclusive jurisdiction of the municipal administration,”
Orlando affirmed that he sees all migrants as humans and will not allow his city to bring them back to Libya because “Libya is a hell.”