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Extra! Mediterranean Tragedy Seen From Italy

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La Repubblica, April 20, 2015

"The Migrant Apocalypse." Rome-based daily La Repubblica, like other newspapers around Italy and the world, featured the deadly accident in the Mediterranean Sea on the front page of its Monday edition. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called the traffic of undocumented immigrants a "new slave trade."

The newspaper featured both news reports and commentary on the immigration crisis facing Africa and Europe, with Italy and Libya caught on the front line. At least 700 people are thought to have died Sunday after a boat that left the Libyan coast bound for Sicily capsized. There have been reports that up to 1,000 were on the boat, and only 28 have been rescued. It is believed to be the worst maritime disaster in Europe since World War II.

Civil-war ravaged Libya has become a major hub for human traffickers since the NATO intervention and the fall of the regime of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Up to 1,500 migrants are thought to have perished crossing the Mediterranean since the beginning of 2015. European Union leaders are holding an emergency summit in Luxembourg on Monday to discuss a common response to the ongoing migrant crisis. Read more from the BBC ad check our collection of world front pages.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: La Repubblica was founded in 1976 by the Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso. It is now based in Rome and has a centre-left political stance.

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Big Brother For The People: India's CCTV Strategy For Cracking Down On Police Abuse

"There is nothing fashionable about installing so many cameras in and outside one’s house," says a lawyer from a Muslim community. And yet, doing this has helped members of the community prove unfair police action against them.

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Survellance and tight security at the Lal Chowk area in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India on October 4, 2022

Sukanya Shantha

MUMBAI — When sleuths of the National Investigating Agency suddenly descended on human rights defender and school teacher Abdul Wahid Shaikh’s house on October 11, he knew exactly what he needed to do next.

He had been monitoring the three CCTVs that are installed on the front and the rear of his house — a chawl in Vikhroli, a densely populated area in suburban Mumbai. The cameras told him that a group of men and women — some dressed in Mumbai police’s uniform and a few in civil clothes — had converged outside his house. Some of them were armed and few others with batons were aggressively banging at the door asking him to immediately let them in.

This was not the first time that the police had landed at his place at 5 am.

When the policemen discovered the CCTV cameras outside his house, they began hitting it with their batons, destroying one of them mounted right over the door. This action was captured by the adjacent CCTV camera. Shaikh, holed up in his house with his wife and two children, kept pleading with the police to stop destroying his property and simply show them an official notice.

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