EU far-right activists sail towards Libya shores to deter migrants flow

EU far-right activists sail towards Libya shores to deter migrants flow

July 12, 2017 - 14:55
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Written by: SafaAlharathy

Far-right activists affiliated to the Pan-European Identitarian Movement – a vast network of nationalist, far-right, nativist and populist movements, from France, Italy, Austria and German had set sail on board a 40-meter-long ship called the C-Star towards the Libyan coast.

The operation organizers say that they have specific political dimensions aimed at pressing the Europeans to stop the flow of migrants from Libya to the European land.

An amount of $ 91,000 has been raised in an online fundraiser campaign launched in mid-May as confirmed by the conductors.

The extremist organization launched the operation under the slogan "Defend Europe" aiming to conclude a European binding agreement to send back all migrants to Libya by force.
The ship has embarked from the African port of Djibouti on July 6 where it was leased, and is to be joined by a number of activists from Catania and Sicily before arriving in the Libyan waters on Sunday.

On the other hand, the French Justice Ministry said that it had received a complaint against the organizers of the operation on the grounds of possible disruption of relief work and racial incitement.

Currently, Brussels is making efforts to persuade Italy to retreat the threat of abandoning its obligations to receive immigrants.

Meanwhile, the House of Lords’ European Union Committee at the UK Parliament released on Wednesday a report on the EU's naval mission in the Mediterranean, Operation Sophia.

The report concludes that Operation Sophia has failed to achieve its objective of "contributing to the disruption of the business model of human smuggling and trafficking networks in the Southern Central Mediterranean".