Four immigrants sew mouths shut in protest at Italy detention
ROME (AFP) - Four North Africans held in a migrant centre on the outskirts of Rome have sewn their lips together in protest at their lengthy detention, Italian news agency Ansa reported on Sunday, Dec 22, 2013.
The men, aged between 20 and 30, used a thread from a blanket and a small needle to sew their mouths shut at the Ponte Galeria facility on Saturday. They are receiving medical care, Ansa said.
One of the four was due to be repatriated to his home country on Monday.
The heavily guarded Ponte Galeria immigrant detention centre, located near Rome's Fiumicino airport to facilitate deportations, houses around a hundred illegal migrants.