This is the fifth in a series of reports from a NoBorders activist in Lampedusa. (Read: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 ).
The island is almost free from migrants.
There are about 70 Tunisians left in the detention centre, plus about 50 that just arrived a few hours ago.
Yesterday, following the agreement between Italy and Tunisia, about 30 migrants were deported from here to Tunis by plane.
The Italian Government has decided to give a temporary permit to stay to all the north african migrants that arrived between the 1st of January and the 5th of April. This is a quite arbitrary and iscriminatory decision that is meant to legitimise the next mass deportation.
It seems that tonight the migrants detained in the detention centre organised some protests. It is quite difficult for us at the moment to connect with the migrants inside the detention centre as they are not allowed to go out as it used to be a few days ago. Besides today the police stopped us quite far from the detention centre when we tried to get close, while up to a couple of days ago we were able to go really close to the fences.