A group of port workers in Italy protested against the supply of weapons and explosives to Israel. The dockworkers refused to load weapons and explosives in the ship destined for Israel’s port of Ashdod.
“The port of Livorno will not be an accomplice in the massacre of the Palestinian people,” said L’Unione Sindacale di Base (USB).
The USB added that the ship contained “weapons and explosives that will serve to kill the Palestinian population, already hit by a severe attack this very night, which caused hundreds of civilian victims, including many children”.
Port workers in Italy refused to load arms to a ship that was destined for Israel.
“The port of Livorno will not be an accomplice in the massacre of the Palestinian people,” said the union.https://t.co/a2CtBK7Syh
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Syndicate was tipped off about the destination of the ship from The Weapon Watch, a Genoa-based NGO that monitors arms shipment in the European and Mediterranean Sea.
The NGO urged the Italian government to consider whether it was “suspending some or all Italian military exports to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict areas.”
“The Union on Saturday will also be in the square in Livorno in solidarity with the Palestinian population and to ask for an immediate stop to the bombings on Gaza and a stop to the ‘expropriations’ Palestinian homes that have lived under military occupation for years,” the USB said in a statement.
A group of Italian port workers urged others to join their protest and asked the Italian government to stop the import to Israel since these explosives might be used to bomb Gaza.
Protests took place in several cities of Italy protesting against the barbaric assault on Gaza. The intense airstrikes have killed more than 200 Palestinians including a large number of children.
The indiscriminate killings have sparked an international outcry with demands from humanitarian organizations to stop Israel from hitting the civilian population. Protests expressing solidarity with the people of Gaza and Palestine have been held across the Middle East and the rest of the world.