Influencer sparks fury after posting pouting Insta pictures onboard migrant boat bound for Italy
AN Influencer has been slammed after posting pictures and videos online of her aboard a boat of migrants heading to Italy.
Instagrammer Sabee al Saidi, who has reportedly arrived on the island of Lampedusa, is pictured pouting and posing.
A video has also emerged showing her posing aboard the boat in the open sea with several other young migrant men.
The 18-year-old Tunisian has hundreds of thousands of followers, was taking the illegal migrant boat on November 14, but the story has been reported by French broadcaster RFI.
Ms al Saidi said she came to Italy illegally because Tunisia’s social conditions had “forced” her to leave, although conditions aboard the boat were “terrible”.
Italian newspaper Il Giornale reports she is in Covid quarantine.
The Instagrammers’ posing images have been criticised for glamourising what is a dangerous crossing.
It comes as 27 migrants died in the English Channel yesterday after their boat sank the biggest loss of life by drowning in the English Channel on record.
It included 17 men, seven women — one pregnant — and three children.
Populist League leader Matteo Salvini compared the footage to a popular hidden camera practical joke television series.
He said: “During the clandestine crossing, on an irregular boat, the Tunisian influencer publishes Instagram stories and photos — joyful and smiling. I’ll leave the comments to you.”
Others on social media have condemned her for encouraging illegal crossings.
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