‘Racist’ anti-migrant boat stuck off Tunisia
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.