Thiruvananthapuram: The National Fishworkers' Forum (NFF) on Friday flayed Ferrari's decision to carry Italian Navy flag on its racing cars during the Indian Grand Prix to express solidarity with two Italian marines facing trial in Kerala for gunning down two fishermen from the state. 

The marines of the ship 'Enrica Lexie', Latorre Massimiliano and Salvatore Girone, are facing trial for gunning down the fishermen off Kerala coast in February last.

According to reports, Formula One racing division of Italian auto major Ferrari would be fixing the flag on its cars during the grand prix this weekend to express solidarity with the two marines.

Objecting to it, NFF Secretary T Peter said here that the Ferrai's decision amounted to challenging the fishermen community of the country and also a shame on the nation.

"Allowing the Italian company to openly express support and solidarity to the under trials is a serious lapse on the part of the government and sports authorities of the country. We strongly demand that the company be asked to reconsider this," Peter said.

He said such an act also amounted to "bluffing" the country's fishing community who had been fighting for justice for two of their slain brothers.


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