On board dozens of boats, thousands of Albanian refugees arrived in the port. They fled from Albania in crisis and dreamed of a better future. But Italy was not prepared to welcome them and the country was faced with a humanitarian emergency.
Already in the early months of the '91 several people had fled to the Apulian coasts, but until that morning there had not yet been such a large flow of landings.
"They do not want to return, from here also comes much of the tension of these hours in Bari. In that enormous and impressive human mass that resists there is everything, very poor people, criminals, soldiers who have deserted and are the irreducible ones , if they return to their homeland they go to prison.
In front of them in that Victory stadium, whose name at this point sounds a little sinister, there is a host of soldiers and policemen. We saw them pushing back the screaming crowd using wooden sticks against some armed with knives against the violent perhaps even against the most desperate "
This is how the Giornale Radio Rai del August 11 1991. Lella Marzoli and Ferdinando Pellegrini update on the situation of the Albanian refugees gathered in the stadium of the Victory of Bari that we bring back to reawaken the memories of those who may have already forgotten.
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