Dozens of African migrants were arrested in Ventimiglia yesterday, after they spent the days camping outside in protest at the border between France and Italy.
The removal of the migrants happened while the EU ministers met in Luxembourg to discuss the European Commission’s proposals to deal with the Mediterranean migration crisis. But ministers were not successful in agreeing on an emergency plan to share the burden of the refugees crossing the Mediterranean, according to Al Jazeera.
The migrants were removed by force, some clinging onto signposts, while others were carried off by their arms and legs.
Saddam, a Sudanese migrant who watched the police operation Tuesday said: “We are human beings. We are not animals. I know we are black and we come from Africa, but we are still humans.”
The Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano referred to the scene as “a punch in the eye for those who refuse to see.”