• Italy edition
 
Migrants sew lips together in Rome protest
A migrant rests inside the Temporary Permanance Centre refugee camp, on the italian island of Lampedusa in October. AFP/Roberto Salomone

Migrants sew lips together in Rome protest

Published: 22 Dec 2013 11:06 GMT+01:00
Updated: 22 Dec 2013 11:06 GMT+01:00

Four North Africans held in a migrant centre on the outskirts of Rome have sewn their lips together in protest at their lengthy detention, Italian news agency ANSA reported Sunday.

The men, aged between 20 and 30, used a thread from a blanket and a small needle to sew their mouths shut at the Ponte Galeria facility on Saturday.

They are receiving medical care, ANSA said.

One of the four was due to be repatriated to his home country on Monday.

The heavily guarded Ponte Galeria immigrant detention centre, located near Rome's Fiumicino airport to facilitate deportations, houses around a hundred illegal migrants.

"Their revolt requires us to reopen the national debate on these inhumane centres and on a legislation that takes in those fleeing war, violence and poverty," said Rome mayor Ignazio Marino.

How to deal with the growing number of immigrants is a controversial issue in Italy.

More than 33,000 migrants had landed in Italy as of late October -- nearly three times more than the number for 2012. Most come from impoverished African countries but now also from Syria.

The latest incident comes just days after Brussels condemned the "appalling" conditions at some of the country's migrant centres, following the release of footage of naked asylum-seekers being hosed down at a facility on the island of Lampedusa.

Lampedusa hit the headlines in October when a boat laden with migrants caught fire and capsized within sight of the shore, leaving 366 dead in the worst Mediterranean migrant tragedy yet.
 

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Italian bank backs €5bn capital boost plan
Monte dei Paschi di Siena has given the go-ahead to a €5.0 billion equity raise. Photo: Fabio Muzzi/AFP

Italian bank backs €5bn capital boost plan

Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena gave the go-ahead on Friday to a €5.0 billion equity raising that will boost its capital and allow it to repay a government bailout this year. READ () »

Veneto activists released from jail
The group allegedly converted a digger into a tank, which they planned to use to attack Venice. Photo: ROS Carabinieri

Veneto activists released from jail

A court in Brescia, northern Italy, has ordered the release from jail of seven activists who allegedly plotted to 'liberate' Venice with a homemade 'tank' earlier this month. READ () »

Sollecito takes girlfriend to Kercher murder house
Raffaele Sollecito was convicted alongside Amanda Knox of murdering Meredith Kercher. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Sollecito takes girlfriend to Kercher murder house

Raffaele Sollecito, convicted in January alongside Amanda Knox of killing British student Meredith Kercher, has taken his girlfriend to the Perugia house where the murder took place, according to Italian media reports on Friday. READ () »

Italian of the Week
The dictator's grand-daughter vying for MEP
Alessandra Mussolini will compete in the upcoming European elections. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

The dictator's grand-daughter vying for MEP

Alessandra Mussolini, the granddaughter of Italy's fascist dictator, will compete in the upcoming European elections. Staunchly defensive of her heritage, The Local takes a look at the personality behind the woman who could be elected MEP for a second time. READ () »

Rome's 'artists' slash themselves over eviction
More than 100 painting sellers in Piazza Navona are said to work illegally. Photo:Hslo/Flickr

Rome's 'artists' slash themselves over eviction

An ‘artist’ in Piazza Navona, one of Rome’s busiest tourist areas, slashed himself in the stomach while another cut his own chest as police tried to evict them on Thursday. READ () »

Italy raises €371,400 from eBay luxury car sale
Alfa Romeos were among the luxury cars on offer. Photo: MinouraNito/Flickr

Italy raises €371,400 from eBay luxury car sale

Italy's government on Friday said it had raised €371,400 so far in an eBay auction of luxury official cars in a symbolic effort to cut outrageous spending by ministries that has sparked public anger. READ () »

Italy asks EU for more time to meet debt target
Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said record unemployment and weak growth were making it difficult to pay off Italy's debt. Photo: Eric Piermont/AFP

Italy asks EU for more time to meet debt target

Italy on Thursday asked the European Union to push back a deadline for cutting its public deficit to 2016, days after France reportedly tried and failed to get another extension. READ () »

Berlusconi is 'pleased' to be helping the needy
Silvio Berlusconi says he is 'pleased' to be doing community service for his tax fraud conviction. Photo: AFP/Gabriel Buoys

Berlusconi is 'pleased' to be helping the needy

Italy's former premier and billionaire tycoon Silvio Berlusconi said Thursday he was happy to do his community service in a centre for disabled and elderly people and would do his best to be helpful. READ () »

Mussolini to compete in European elections
Alessandra Mussolini pictured with Silvio Berlusconi in 2008. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Mussolini to compete in European elections

Alessandra Mussolini, the granddaughter of the Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini, is set to compete in the European elections on behalf of Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party. READ () »

Video
Singing nun strikes again with 80s classic
The nun was singing in a musical ‘battle’ between her and fellow contestant Luna Palumbo. Screengrab: YouTube/The Voice Italy

Singing nun strikes again with 80s classic

Sister Cristina, the Sicilian nun who last month wowed the world with her rendition of Alicia Keys’ No One has done it again with Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Want to Have Fun. Watch her performance for yourself. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
National
Singing nun strikes again with 80s classic
Health
Italy embryo mix-up: real parents identified
National
Italian priest hits boy on scooter and flees
National
Outcry as Italy auctions off 'haunted island'
Culture
Rome street artist paints New York
Gallery
10 words you didn't know came from Italy
International
'The mafia has infiltrated every sector in Germany'
Features
'I want everyone to care about Italian history'
Italian Of The Week
The island carpenter with the Pope's blessing
National
Top 10: dream jobs in Italy for expats
National
Becoming a saint in five not-so-easy steps
Health
Italian woman dies after taking abortion drug
Advertisement:
Culture
Italy's looted treasures found in Rome 'museum'
Opinion
Why Italy might not exist in five years
Italian Of The Week
The world's fastest man on skis
National
Sheikh seeks woman in Italy for shopping blitz
National
British royals give Pope whisky and eggs
National
Top 10: Quirky Italian royalty facts
National
How to park like an Italian
National
Unique stucco homes up for grabs down south
Politics
Italy sells officials' luxury cars on eBay
National
VIDEO: American football team goes gay for a day
National
'We're very worried by rise of Nazis in Europe'
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

406
jobs available