Po­lice drag mi­grants from French-Ital­ian bor­der

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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.”

AFP

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.

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