‘Racist’ anti-mi­grant boat stuck off Tu­nisia

Muscat Daily - - REGION -

Rome, Italy - The C-Star, a ship char­tered by far-right anti-im­mi­gra­tion ac­tivists to com­bat mi­grant flows to Europe, was on Mon­day stuck at sea off Tu­nisia, where a pow­er­ful union is mo­bil­is­ing to pre­vent it com­ing ashore.

‘To all staff and (se­cu­rity) agents we say: Do not let this racist ship soil Tu­nisia’s ports. Keep them out as our brothers in (the ports of) Zarzis and Sfax have al­ready done’, the UGTT union said in Face­book post.

The UGTT, the Tu­nisian Gen­eral Labour Union, is best known as a joint win­ner of the 2015 No­bel Peace Prize.

Any plans the C-Star had to dock at Zarzis in south­east­ern Tu­nisia on Sun­day were scup­pered when lo­cal fish­er­men warned they would block ac­cess to a refuelling chan­nel.

Char­tered by ex­trem­ist group ‘Gen­er­a­tion Iden­tity’ and crewed by ac­tivists from France, Ger­many and Italy, the C-Star’s de­clared aim is to dis­rupt the flow of mi­grant boats from north Africa to Europe. They have dubbed their mis­sion ‘De­fend Europe’ and say they want to ex­pose what they see as a taxi ser­vice for il­le­gal im­mi­grants be­ing op­er­ated by pri­vately-funded boats help­ing to pa­trol wa­ters off Libya.

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