Following up on my post from yesterday about 25 African migrants who died near the Italian coast of Lampedusa, via Presseurop, reporting about Tragedy at sea and riots onshore with a facsimile of today’s edition of Italian newspaper La Stampa:

Turin-based daily La Stampa features two tragic pictures side by side on its front page: the first image shows the corpses of 25 Africans who died of asphyxiation in the unventilated hold of a boat loaded with 271 Libyan migrants which arrived in Lampedusa on 1 August. “They were prevented from escaping from the hold by their own travelling companions because there was no room on the boat”, witnesses told La Stampa. “They died like rats”.

The second picture, taken on the same day, shows the riots in Bari (Apulia region). Frustrated by delays in the processing of their asylum applications, African migrants, who have been held for seven months in a “filtration” camp, “chanted ‘papiers papiers,’ before rioting and blocking traffic. A total of 60 people including policemen and migrants were injured”. The protest, reports La Repubblica, spread to the Calabrian towns of Crotone, where “migrants emulated the riots in Bari,” and Nardò where “400 North African farm labourers went on strike for better wages”. Last year in Rosarno (also Calabria), African migrants, who complained that they were “being treated like animals by Italians,” staged violent protests.

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