Italy arrests 2 Brits and 1 French volunteer for distributing food among migrants

Italy arrests 2 Brits and 1 French volunteer for distributing food among migrants

Three volunteers have been arrested in the town of Ventimiglia in Italy near the border of France for distributing food among the migrants. Two of the volunteers are from Britain and one is from France and they have been charged with violating city order.

The volunteers belonged to a group called the Roya-Citoyenne humanitarian association, the arrests were made on March 20 but the news came on Thursday. The Italian police arrested them when they were distributing food bags among migrants near the border of France in the city of Ventimiglia.

Gerard Bonnet, one of the volunteers told AFP: “We were about 10 people, but they took the two drivers of the vehicles which had the food and Simon, a Briton who had forgotten his passport.”

Another volunteer named Gibi who is also a resident of Roya valley was also arrested previously for helping migrants said: “The distribution had been conducted from three cars. We arrived early, began the distribution quietly, the migrants started coming to us from all sides. We gave around the tea. Then police suddenly appeared, interrupting the distribution, started checking identities.

All three volunteers were later released by the police who said that these people had violated the criminal procedure code of the city, which could be punished by a sentence of 3 months prison time and a fine of up to €206.

According to AFP the police of Ventimiglia said: “This activity has been banned by a decree from the mayor of Ventimiglia.”

The ban on distributing food among migrants was imposed back in 2015 by the mayor of Ventimiglia, the reason for this ban was that number of arriving migrants was on the rise and asylum seekers and refugees used to block the local train station.

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