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Spain: Protesters rally in support of Open Arms migrant ship

Spain, Barcelona
August 12, 2019 at 22:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

Protesters rallied by the Delegation of the Spanish Government building in Barcelona on Monday to show their support for the Open Arms rescue ship and demand legal and safe routes for migrants.

Anna Palou, spokesperson for the Stop Mare Mortum organisation, called for the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to "step forward and demonstrate that there is another way of doing politics, a way where human rights are at the centre and with that bring with him all the remaining European states."

Protesters were seen holding signs reading "Saving lives is not a crime" and "Legal and safe routes."

The Open Arms rescue ship is currently waiting on international waters, close to the Italian island of Lampedusa, with more than a hundred migrants stranded on board for more than a week. Italy has denied the ship entry and no other EU member state has taken action so far.

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Protesters rallied by the Delegation of the Spanish Government building in Barcelona on Monday to show their support for the Open Arms rescue ship and demand legal and safe routes for migrants.

Anna Palou, spokesperson for the Stop Mare Mortum organisation, called for the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to "step forward and demonstrate that there is another way of doing politics, a way where human rights are at the centre and with that bring with him all the remaining European states."

Protesters were seen holding signs reading "Saving lives is not a crime" and "Legal and safe routes."

The Open Arms rescue ship is currently waiting on international waters, close to the Italian island of Lampedusa, with more than a hundred migrants stranded on board for more than a week. Italy has denied the ship entry and no other EU member state has taken action so far.

W/S Protesters clapping hands in support of Open Arms rescue ship, Barcelona

W/S Protesters holding banner (Spanish): "Legal and safe routes"

M/S Protesters clapping hands

W/S Protesters

SOT, Anna Palou, Spokesperson for Stop Mare Mortum organisation (Spanish): "We want the Spanish Government, the government of Pedro Sanchez to step forward and demonstrate that there is another way of doing politics, a way where human rights are at the centre and with that bring with him all the remaining European states."

C/U Protester holding sign (Catalan): "Saving lives is not a crime" *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Anna Palou, Spokesperson for Stop Mare Mortum organisation (Spanish): "We also demand that he (Pedro Sanchez) open once and for all legal and safe ways because that way people would not die at sea. We believe that this would be a way to avoid the situation we now have with more than 400 people (women, men and children) aboard rescue boats without a safe harbour."

C/U Protester holding sign (Catalan): "Freedom Open Arms"

SOT, Rescued migrant (Catalan): "They must save lives and not be complicit in not saving lives."

W/S Protesters applauding

SOT, Protester (Catalan): "We demand the application of legal and safe ways. We want to welcome in a dignified way and demand that ports be opened now."

W/S Protesters

W/S Protesters marching

W/S Delegation of Government of Spain in Catalonia building

C/U Delegation of Government of Spain in Catalonia front door

M/S Police officers moving fences

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