Police drag migrants from French-Italian border
Italian police in riot gear forcibly removed a few dozen African migrants on Tuesday who had been camping out for days at Italy’s Mediterranean border with France in hopes of going further north.
Some of the migrants protested, grabbing onto signposts, while others had to be carried off by their legs and arms — a violent scene that Italy used to show the rest of Europe that it needs to do more to deal with the continent’s migrant crisis.
“We are human beings. We are not animals,” said Saddam, a Sudanese migrant who watched the police operation Tuesday at the Ventimiglia border crossing and only gave his first name. “I know we are black and we are come from Africa, but we are still humans.”
Migrants on the rocks jutting out into the sea were left alone, with police apparently unwilling to move into that more treach- erous location. The rest were loaded onto a Red Cross bus and taken to the nearby train station.
Le Pen Recruits Polish, British MEPs for Anti- EU Group Counting 7 Nations
French National Front leader Marine Le Pen on Tuesday recruited Polish and British MEPs to launch a new euroskeptic party dedicated to challenging every ambition held dear by champions of the EU.
Le Pen could until now count on 37 like- minded MEPs elected to the European Parliament in 2014, well above the 25 minimum, but they came from only five of the EU’s 28 member states, short of the seven required to win recognition and EU financing.
Le Pen said British MEP Janice Atkinson, who was expelled earlier this year by UKIP, had agreed to join, along with Michal Marusik and Stanislaw Zoltek, who had cut their ties to the extreme- right Polish KNP led by Janusz Korwin- Mikke.
“It is the culmination of a year’s work,” Marine Le Pen said at the formal launch of the new group, “Europe of Nations and Freedoms,” in Brussels, where she welcomed the three new members thazt give her seven- country representation.
“It’s an historic day, we are united, seven countries against the European Commission,” Atkinson said, explaining that the absence of Jean- Marie Le Pen had allowed her to join.
Britain’s euroskeptic, antiimmigration UK Independence Party ( UKIP) expelled Atkinson in March for “bringing the party into disrepute” over payment of a restaurant bill as EU expenses.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage, also an MEP but in his own Parliamentary grouping, described the incident at the time as “one of the most incredibly stupid and dishonest things I’ve ever seen in my life.”
A group of migrants huddle together during an operation to remove them from the Italian-French border in the Italian city of Ventimiglia on Tuesday, June 16.