Dozens on Crete protest against far-right ship

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Dozens have protested in the Cre­tan port of Ier­ape­tra against the pos­si­ble ar­rival of the C-Star, a ship char­tered by far-right ac­tivists aim­ing to pre­vent mi­grant res­cues in the Mediter­ranean.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports yes­ter­day, the ves­sel was sail­ing in in­ter­na­tional wa­ters some 12 nau­ti­cal miles off the Cy­cladic is­land of Kou­fon­isi and it was not clear whether it was plan­ning to ap­proach Ier­ape­tra. Mayor Theo­dosios Kalantza­kis told a rally late Mon­day that the Dji­bouti-flagged ship is not wel­come.

“I can’t see the pas­sen­gers them­selves hav­ing any in­ten­tion to sail in this area now – a place that has shown that fas­cism will not pass, that has shown sol­i­dar­ity and hos­pi­tal­ity to 700 mi­grants we helped live with dig­nity when they were in Ier­ape­tra,” Kalantza­kis said.

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