Police clashes with migrants in Rome

In Rome on 24 August, police units clashed with migrants at Piazza Indipendenza after the migrants were forced to leave a nearby building in which they squatted. This incident is evidence that despite the reduced number of migrants coming in, the tensions in Italy are rising.

The reason for lower numbers of migrants coming to Italy is a combination of bad weather, increased activity of the Libyan coast guard and also the activity of an unknown armed group which operates around the city of Sabratha and prevents ships with illegal migrants from leaving Libya. It is allegedly composed of civilians as well as policemen and soldiers, yet it is not led by Libyan officials and seeks legitimization and funding from the government of Fayez al-Sarraj (GNA). The group allegedly also runs its own detention center where migrants from the detained ships are held. Despite the positive impacts of the group's activity, it must be stressed that neither the Tripoli government, supported by Italy, nor the opposition, led by General Khalifa Haftar and supported by France and Russia, have any control over it.

About author: Jan Merička

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