Opening remarks by Martin SCHULZ, EP President:
- minute of silence for the victims of the Lampedusa's tragedy
EPRef94533 // European Parliament , Strasbourg, EP Plenary session - Hemicycle //
Lieu: European Parliament, Strasbourg
End production: 07/10/2013 First transmission: 07/10/2013
In a show of solidarity to the victims of the Lampedusa 's tragedy, the European Parliament observed a minute of silence at the start of its Strasbourg session later on Monday. Martin SCHULZ EP President
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SOUNDBITE (German) Martin SCHULZ, EP President, "Ladies and Gentlemen, I should like us to begin with a minute's silence, in this Chamber there will be silence, it will be very quiet in this Chamber. Silence shall prevail. However screams can be heard amidst the silence, screams of children witnessing their parents drowning , screams of parents unable to save their children. The screams of people who are lost floating on a raging sea in sight of land , in sight of the land that they thought was going to be the promised land , affording them protection The screams of people who lost their lives just before they reach the Continent of Europe. We talk about figures, we talk about who takes how many refugees in. we talk about money , who foots the bill? We talk about dry legal paragraphs we talk about things that are quite extraordinary. I could not believe it when I heard that the fishermen had be threatened with prosecution for helping illegal immigrants. We are the richest Continent in the world. We know that on our Continent the wealth is not evenly distributed. but in comparison with the areas where the refugees come from we and our citizens are strong . we are in a position to afford protection to those who are fleeing the misery in their home countries. in comparison with them we are rich and we are strong. I am not going to talk about paragraphs , I am going to talk about strength and wealth . Despite about all the difficulties that we have to overcome, that wealth should require us to helps those who seek protection from us. I hope that the minute's silence in memory of the victims of Lampedusa might be turning point in the EU policy."