Lampedusa protest blocks authorities: Giorgia Meloni joins demonstrators, speaks out

The visit of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen to Lampedusa was disrupted by a protest by a few dozen island residents. They blocked the convoy of cars on the way from the airport to the migrant hotspot. However, Prime Minister Meloni changed the route slightly in order to meet the protesters. There were moments of tension, with the protesters demanding to speak with the Prime Minister or they would not clear the road. The leader of the protest, Giacomo Sferlazzo, spoke to the protesters through a microphone. Prime Minister Meloni got out of the car to meet the citizens and tried to reassure them. Ursula von der Leyen and Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi also got out of the car. After a brief conversation, the citizens thanked the authorities and applauded before clearing the road for the convoy to continue towards the island hotspot. The citizens raised concerns about abandoned boats and the impact on the environment and fishing industry. Prime Minister Meloni promised to address these issues and support the local fishermen.

Lampedusa, la protesta blocca le autorità: Giorgia Meloni va in strada e parla coi manifestanti: «Io ci metto la faccia»

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