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Exclusive: Carola Rackete, the Sea-Watch captain taken to court over migrant rescues

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She is the ocean captain who stood as much as Italy’s former inside minister Matteo Salvini. In late June, as Salvini refused to absorb migrants, Carola Rackete defied authorities and entered the port of Lampedusa in southern Italy, the place she disembarked 42 migrants rescued within the Mediterranean by her humanitarian ship, the Sea-Watch 3. The German captain was arrested however a courtroom ordered her launch. She spoke to FRANCE 24’s Marc Perelman.

Sea-Watch Three captain Carola Rackete instructed FRANCE 24 that the difficulty of migration is being exploited for political functions.

“The problem [of migration] is being abused. It is the worry of the unknown. In Germany particularly, it is very a lot identified that within the areas which have the bottom immigration, the place individuals don’t know migrants actually – the place there’s predominantly white communities – that is the communities the place the fitting wing is having the best votes. Whereas, say, in cities, in locations the place there may be lots of migration, persons are rather more welcoming, as a result of they perceive that any migrant, any refugee is only a particular person as they’re.”

Rackete additionally criticised the European Union for “financing the so-called Libyan coastguard, which is understood to be concerned in human rights abuses”.

Lastly, she defined why she is refusing to simply accept a medal awarded to her by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo. “What I hear from migrants and refugees residing within the metropolis of Paris is that the circumstances in Paris are nonetheless stunning and that the council actually is not doing sufficient to deliver that ahead. And a really basic idea of giving somebody a medal doesn’t actually assist in direction of aiding the individuals who we’re speaking about.”

>> On France24.com: Sea-Watch captain Rackete urges EU action on migrant rescues

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