Barroso, Letta Heckled in Lampedusa, Called ‘Killers’
Italy’s Prime Minister Enrico Letta and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso were heckled on their arrival in Lampedusa and slammed as "killers".
The two men were welcomed with shouts of "disgrace" and "killers".
At least 274 people - mostly from Eritrea and Somalia - died after their boat capsized last Thursday about 1km (half a mile) from Lampedusa.
"They should be ashamed of themselves. They should solve this humanitarian problem," a member of the group of activists and locals, who confronted the top politicians, said.
A boat packed with around 500 Eritrean and Somali migrants capsized and sank near Lampedusa on Thursday after its captain set fire to a T-shirt to signal distress to coast guards, sparking panic on board.
Lampedusa, not far from Sicily and the closest Italian island to Africa, has become a destination for tens of thousands of refugees seeking to enter European Union countries.
As recovery teams continue to fill trucks with the bodies they're still pulling from the sea, there is harsh criticism that the Italian coast guard was too slow to respond.
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you know 3,000 years ancient European tribes had navigation instruments to navigate the Mediterranean
all these guys had to do was vector for island of Lampedusa and land on the beach! how hard can it be??? but NO, they set fire to their ship IN THE OCEAN and they wonder why it sank???
Great demonstration of "Logic" here - it'a bit like blaming someone for not locking his front door if a jihadi decides to enter his house and blow himself up.....
These illegals chose to pay to try to enter Europe, so how can the Italian government be to blame if the "refugees" decided to set fire to their own boat and then capsize it? This is just Darwinism at work!