Richard Gere and Mat­teo Salvini clash over mi­grant ship

Fiji Sun - - World News - BBC

Los An­ge­les: Hol­ly­wood star Richard Gere has called upon the Ital­ian gov­ern­ment to as­sist mi­grants who have been stranded on a Span­ish char­ity boat in the Mediter­ranean for more than a week.

The Ital­ian gov­ern­ment needed to stop “de­mon­is­ing peo­ple”, the ac­tor said.

Mr Gere boarded the ves­sel on Fri­day, which has been blocked from en­ter­ing Ital­ian wa­ters. Italy’s Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Mat­teo Salvini hit back, say­ing Mr Gere should take the 160 mi­grants to Hol­ly­wood.

Mr Gere, who vis­ited the Open Arms ship in a show of sup­port, joined a news con­fer­ence on the Ital­ian island of Lampe­dusa call­ing for the mi­grants to be al­lowed to dock.

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