Italy: March supporting migrants who make deadly Alps crossing

Italian pro-migration activist group Briser les frontiers marched on the French-Italian mountain border near Claviere and Moginevro on Sunday to protest migration laws at borders preventing the sanctuary of refugees.

The activists carried pro-migration banners as they travelled between the two mountains in a similar route which asylum seekers have been known to cross to get between countries often at great risk.

Italian and French mountain police blocked their paths however for most of the protest, but activists eventually reached their destination by staying close to the ski slopes.

Briser Les frontieres solidarity network member Daniele Brait explained: "In recent months there have been many attempts to cross the border into the Alps that seem to have become the new Mediterranean. People who have managed to survive the sea today risk their lives in these mountains."

Migrants are known to regularly attempt to traverse the Colle della Scala (Cole de l'Echelle in French) in freezing temperatures some 1800 metres above sea level between Italy and France, resulting in the death of many.

SOT, Nicoletta Dosio, No-Tav movement spokesperson (Italian): "The motivations that bring us here today is to express solidarity and to reiterate that the World with the borders is a world that does not serve and we don't want."

SOT, Nicoletta Dosio, No-Tav movement spokesperson (Italian): "This Europe, which is the Europe of Maastricht, is a fortress that exploits the countries of the South of the world with the war and does not allow the poor of the Earth, who have become poor because of this exploitation, to cross its borders."

SOT, Daniele Brait, Briser Les frontieres solidarity network member (Italian): "In recent months there have been many attempts to cross the border into the Alps that seem to have become the new Mediterranean. People who have managed to survive the sea today risk their lives in these mountains."

SOT, Daniele Brait, Briser Les frontieres solidarity network member (Italian): "One of the rules of the mountain, as well as one of the rules of the sea, is that people who need help, a warm place, a blanket, a jacket, even just something like a hot dish, are not abandoned.”

SOT, Briser les frontieres Activist (Italian): "Italy has always done business with Libya where there are detention centers that are lager."

SOT, Briser les frontieres Activist (Italian): "It finances them with the excuse of fighting terrorism and managing migration flows. In these camps people are tortured and women raped."

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