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Open Arms: Gere, ‘I saw people on board in the open’ – News

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Open Arms: Gere, ‘I saw people on board in the open’ – News

“When I arrived on board the Open Arms I realized how serious the situation was. People were in tents on the deck of the ship. I saw around 124 people on board, practically in the open.” This was said by Richard Gere, who boarded the Open Arms ship to bring aid, tonight guest of Marco Damilano’s “The Horse and the Tower” program on Rai3.


The actor had words of admiration for the role played by our country: “Italy has had to bear a considerable burden and I admire you very much for the work you have done to help people who were adrift. This is a responsibility which is the responsibility of the whole world. I am referring to a global phenomenon, not to an Italian problem: the European Union, the UN, must be involved, we must create the resources and structures to deal with migration, especially Italians.”


When asked what he thinks of politicians in Italy who defined him as a privileged person seeking visibility, and in particular of Matteo Salvini for whom he could bring migrants to his private plane, Richard Gere replied: “Yes, I am a privileged person, but I don’t have a private plane. Sorry, I live in a small town. I’m very proud and proud of being able to help people, that’s the only reason to live. I don’t expect the entire population of the planet to act like Jesus”.

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