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Thousands of people demonstrated in several German cities on Saturday (July 6, 2019), in solidarity with rescue ships from Mediterranean waters and in support of the rights of refugees and immigrants. Sea Bridges, which was founded in the summer of 2018, called for these events. The movement calls for the criminalization of rescue operations at sea, securing escape routes and providing safe harbor for refugees, and is symbolized by Captain Carola Rakeet.

Some 8,000 people demonstrated in Berlin and 4,000 in Hamburg, while marches and marches took place in about 100 cities across Germany. Protesters in Berlin raised rescue jackets, condemning the criminalization of rescue operations at sea and attackers, especially Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, right-wing populist.

"Rescue operations at the sea are limitless, as is our solidarity," C-Watch Capt. Carola Rakete said in a message to Berlin protesters. "The irresponsibility of European countries forced me to act as I did," said the young German woman in Italy.

"I felt that no one wanted to help him at the national level, as on the international level," she told the weekly Der Spiegel on Saturday.

Demonstrators in the city of Bonn threw flowers in the river from the Rhine bridge in memory of those who died in the waters of the Mediterranean.

Meanwhile, Italian Interior Minister Salveni responded to an appeal to his German counterpart Horst Zehover to open the country's ports to rescue vessels by rejecting the request. "This will never happen," he said. "We demand the Merkel government to withdraw Germany's flag from ships that misuse it by helping human smugglers and human traffickers and harming citizens," the right-wing populist minister said in his response to Zohofer.

The German Interior Minister Horst Zehover demanded his Italian counterpart in a letter to open the Italian ports in front of the ships "Alan Kurdi" and "Alex." "We can not take responsibility for the survival of ships carrying survivors for weeks in the Mediterranean just because they can not find a port," he wrote. "For this reason, I urge you to rethink your position not to open the Italian ports." Germany has indicated its willingness to receive a section of the survivors on the ship "Alain Kurdi".

(Dpa) (AFP)

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