New Italian minister of interior closes Italian ports to NGO rescue boats
Italian Minister of Interior Matteo Salvini has declared that Italy will deny permission to another migrant-rescue ship to dock at an Italian port following refusal to another ship carrying 629 migrants on June 10. Salvini, who is also deputy premier and leader of the League party, said via Twitter: "Italy has stopped bowing its head and obeying, this time THERE IS SOMEONE WHO SAYS NO."
The development came a day after the new Spanish government headed by Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez offered to allow the ship to dock in Valencia. The refusal to accept it in Italy was the first major anti-migrant move since far-right Salvini took office this month.