Tuesday, 30 December 2014
From an article at the website of Nicolai Sennels:
"The Greek soprano Dimitra Theodossiou was on board the ferry. She told the Italian media that she saw men beat women in order to come first to the rescue helicopter.
“It was hell. I saw some scary scenes. There were men, Iraqis, Turks, Pakistanis on the ship, who was told to sit down to allow rescuers to prioritize children, elderly and women. But they climbed, beat and pulled the people to come first to the rescue helicopter and into safety. I was also beaten. I was so furious. It was really ugly. I will never forget it.”, said Dimitra Theodossiou.”
Here is her eyewitness testimony, in the Italian which, I presume, is the language she spoke to the reporter from the local newspaper, in the Italian city closest to where the surivors were brought, that published the first detailed account:
"E' stato allucinante - ricorda la cantante lirica, ancora provata - perchè i militari portavano prima i bambini, le donne e gli anziani al livello dove potevano salire sull'elicottero, ma c'erano almeno una cinquantina di uomini, soprattutto turchi, iracheni e pachistani, che li picchiavano, tiravano loro i capelli e li buttavano fuori per prendere il loro posto. Anch'io sono stata picchiata e trascinata, hanno tentato di tirarmi giù dalle scale, ma ho reagito con forza. Ho detto: tocca a noi!".
Posted on 12/30/2014 7:27 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
30 Dec 2014
Ah, yes, the usual crowd behaving as they usually do.