v4 Report: Italy. Mediterranean Madness continues: The Aquarius ship, with 141 migrants on board, fled without a target on Friday. None of the European countries have so far allowed the landing.
Two Italian ministers on Monday pointed out that Aquarius is flying the flag of Gibraltar and therefore falls under the responsibility of the United Kingdom. These NGO fleets are out of control and transfer migrants as if they are human cargo ships.
– The V4 Report believes the NGO vessels must be grounded; they are nothing more than the smuggling “mercenaries” of wealthy open-border philanthropists. These NGOs and their sponsors must be repudiated. Europe has been much too tolerant of their endeavors.
Both Matteo Salvini and Viktor Orban are correct to keep up the offensive on these human traffickers masquerading as “charities”. Mainstream Europe is right behind them.
Salvini was not backing down and announced that the migrants would not enter any Italian port.
On Twitter, Salvini rightfully blasted the NGOs, writing that Aquarius is “the property of Germany, hired by a French non-governmental organization, has a foreign crew, is in Maltese waters and sails under the Gibraltar flag. You can sail anywhere you want, but not to Italy! Stop trading with human beings.”
According to international law, which is ignored daily, the country with the closest port was Libya at the time of the rescue. But Sophie Beau of SOS Méditerranée conveniently announced that Libya is not a safe harbor nor able to provide the migrants with protection. What about Tunisia? Is their WiFi not fast enough?
If the NGOs were truly concerned about the migrants, as opposed to pushing their agenda, they would not be luring the migrants – with promises of transportation to Europe – to Libya in the first place.
** The migrants must be sent back to Africa. A good idea is for the UN to set up safe camps in Libya or Tunisia to provide care. Quite honestly, if the migrants believe they have no chance of reaching Europe, most will go home instead of hanging around in Libya.