The entry into Europe by Lampedusa of the Tunisian terrorist who perpetrated the attack that left three dead in Nice (France) has shaken Italian politics and has placed the opposition, led by Matteo Salvini, on the warpath against the Government.
The main parties of the right - the League, by Salvini;
Brothers from Italy, by Giorgia Meloni, and Forza Italia, by Silvio Berlusconi - have charged against the Executive's migration policy and have asked the Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, to close the ports to migrants.
Salvini and Meloni have gone further and demanded the resignation of the Interior Minister, Luciana Lamorgese.
“Conte and Lamorgese have a moral responsibility for what has happened in Nice.
They should apologize to the French and Italian people, ”Salvini accused on his social networks.
"This guy should not have landed and should not be free to circulate in Europe and shed blood," he added.
And he has also taken the opportunity to vindicate his policy of closed ports when he was in the Government, actions for which he has two cases open with the country's justice for alleged crimes of kidnapping people.
The Interior Minister has responded to the accusations and has denied any responsibility from Italy for the assassin who killed three people in the Notre-Dame de Nice on Thursday.
"This is an attack on Europe, there is no responsibility on our part," he said in an institutional statement.
"Let's not forget that Lampedusa is the door to Europe," he added.
And he has explained the journey of Brahim Aoussaoui, 21, on Italian soil, until he lost track.
The young man arrived in Lampedusa on September 20, aboard a small boat, along with other migrants.
That day, more than twenty barges also landed on the island's shores, most of them with Tunisians on board.
All were transferred to a ship arranged by the Government to spend the two weeks of quarantine that Italy imposes on immigrants who arrive through the sea to prevent coronavirus infections.
There they received health and humanitarian care from the Italian Red Cross.
When he was arrested in Nice, Aoussaoui still had the document issued by this organization that read that he was a Tunisian citizen born in 1999.
The minister has pointed out that the Nice murderer was not on any list of suspects either by the Tunisian authorities or by the Italian intelligence services, so no particular measure was taken.
From the ship where he was quarantined, he was transferred on October 8 to a reception center in the southern city of Bari, where he was tested for coronavirus.
On October 9, an ordinary decree of expulsion was issued against him, as is usual with economic immigrants who enter the country illegally and that grants a period of one week to leave Italy.
"It is time to close this controversy," remarked Lamorgese, who has also expressed his solidarity with France and reproached the opposition that in other attacks, such as those of the metro and the London Bridge or the Ramblas of Barcelona in 2017, Governments were not blamed for the arrival of the terrorists.
He has also charged against the controversial anti-immigration laws - known as security decrees - that Matteo Salvini promoted in his time as Minister of the Interior and that the current government has recently modified.
The rules, originally, hardened the conditions for asylum seekers and limited the protection of vulnerable immigrants, which in practice has led to the expulsion from reception centers of thousands of immigrants who have been left in a kind of limbo and off the radar of the authorities.
"I mean that the security decrees have created insecurity: 20,000 people had to leave the centers overnight," Lamorgese pointed out.
The executive coalition of the 5-star Movement and the Democratic Party overthrew that and other points of the decrees three weeks ago.
“We have created our own project taking into account the security needs of our country and not dispersing all [the migrants] throughout the national territory.
We have decreed that they can remain in the reception centers for a limited period, but that, in any case, they remain on the radars of the security forces afterwards ”, added the Interior Minister.
Lamorgese and the Chief of Police, Franco Gabrielli, will soon appear before the parliamentary committee for the security of the Republic, to clarify the issue of the Tunisian's arrival in Italy and his transfer to France.
The mayor of Lampedusa, Totò Martello, has called for a mechanism for managing migratory flows and more exhaustive controls with shared rules at the community level.