Migrants Sew Mouth Shut in Lampedusa

“Immigrants sew mouths shut to demand release from migrant center in Italy,” from Russia Today:

Eight immigrants from Tunisia and Morocco, kept in a migrant center outside Rome, have sewn their mouths shut to protest forced long-term detention and further deportation from Italy, renewing the debate over harsh migration law.

Using a needle made from a cigarette lighter and threads from bedsheets, four Tunisians, all in their 20’s and 30’s, sewed their lips together with a single stitch in the middle.

The protesters were found by the detention center’s medical staff shortly after the action. None of them was hospitalized.

Hours after that four, or according to some local reports five, Moroccans also stitched their mouths. They have been also treated at the migrant center.

The men are being currently held in the Center for Identification and Expulsion (CIE), the heavily guarded immigrant detention center in the suburb of Ponte Galeria…

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