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Naked migrants sprayed for scabies

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 01:14

Dec. 18 - A video supposedly showing migrants standing naked in the cold while being sprayed for scabies at a detention center has stirred outrage in Italy. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) MIGRANT "KHALID" SAYING: "All the people with no dress, same the animal, see see." A video purports to show migrants standing naked and being sprayed for scabies at a holding centre in Lampedusa. State television aired the video on Monday and interviewed one of the migrants, known as Khalid. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MIGRANT "KHALID" SAYING: "This happened two days ago. Yes, two days, only two days ago." The mayor of Lampedusa said the video made the centre look like a "concentration camp" and that Italy should be "ashamed" of its treatment of migrants. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MIGRANT SAYING: "Here the man also but you have lady up, you see." The video has stirred outrage in Italy. The European Commission has threatened Italy with legal action -- over its adherence to EU rules on acceptable conditions in detention centers, among other issues. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MIGRANT "KHALID" SAYING: "I'm here 65 days. I know, I see everything, maybe it's people coming, new, they don't know anything. You can't talk. You think, 'this is Italy.'"

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Naked migrants sprayed for scabies

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 01:14