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Humanitarian flights for Ukraine loaded with weapons, protesting airport workers claim

Samizdat | March 15, 2022

One of Italy’s largest trade unions has called for a protest outside the Pisa airport on Saturday, after receiving a tip from some employees that Ukraine relief flights were transporting weapons and ammunition, not food and medicine.

Several workers at the Galileo Galilei airport refused to load one of the cargo flights advertised as carrying humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The crates did not contain food and medication but weapons, ammunition and explosives instead, the Unione Sindacale di Base (USB) said in a statement on Monday evening.

“We strongly denounce this outright falsification, which cynically uses ‘humanitarian’ aid as cover to fuel the war in Ukraine,” the USB said.

The union said the workers refused to load the military supplies as that would lead to the deaths of their colleagues in Ukraine – namely, those working at the bases targeted by Russian missile strikes, where the weapons processed through US and NATO bases in Poland get delivered.

Francesca Donato, an Italian member of the European Parliament, commented on the union’s statement by calling on the government in Rome to “clarify” what is happening.

Meanwhile, dockworkers at the nearby port of Livorno joined the protest on Tuesday, praising their airport colleagues for standing up for their values.

“We stand alongside the Ukrainian peoples, the Donbass and Russia and we do not want to be complicit in this conflict,” the Porto Livorno chapter of USB said in a statement.

USB is calling for air traffic control of the Pisa airport to “immediately block these flights of death disguised as humanitarian aid.” A protest under the slogan “bridges of peace, not flights of war” is scheduled outside the airport for Saturday, March 19.

The union also called on all workers to refuse to load weapons and explosives, and for an immediate ceasefire and peace talks to end the conflict in Ukraine.

March 15, 2022 - Posted by | Militarism, Solidarity and Activism | ,

2 Comments »

  1. “Humanitarian flights”, with no food or medicine, but loaded with weapons? Gee, who could possibly be behind this?….Let’s see……….”We lied, we cheated, we stole”…….POMPEO……(or whoever his replacement is at present) and ALL paid for by the unsuspecting American TAX PAYERS………
    I bet they are all wonderful God Fearing Christians as well…….

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by brianharryaustralia | March 15, 2022 | Reply

  2. Italians know the smell of fascism from the pit bull days of Muscleeeny. Strange that Germans and the rest of the Europeons are immune to the stench.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by planetsheeple | March 16, 2022 | Reply


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