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Fascist ship not welcome in ieraptera

Fascist ship not welcome in ieraptera

Fascist ship not welcome in ieraptera
01 August 2017 - 22:00 - Update: 02 August 2017 - 09:42


Dozens of protesters gathered in the town of Ieraptera on Crete in the night of July 31 to rally against the possible arrival of the "C-Star", chartered by far-right activists aiming to prevent migrant rescues in the Mediterranean. The ship was sailing in international waters about 12 nautical miles off Koufonisi island, and it was not clear whether it was planning to approach the Cretan port of Ierapetra. Mayor Theodosios Kalantzakis said that the "C-Star" was not welcome at his town’s port and that Ierapetra’s response to all forms of fascism is “a big ‘no’.” “I can’t see the passengers themselves having any intention anymore to sail in this area, a place that has shown that fascism will not pass, that has shown solidarity and hospitality to 700 migrants we helped live with dignity when they were in Ierapetra,” the official said on Aug 1. The town’s displeasure has been conveyed by Greek authorities to the crew of the "C-Star" and it was unlikely the vessel will attempt an approach. The "C-Star" is part of an operation by the far-right Generation Identity movement called Defend Europe, aimed at stopping nongovernmental organizations and national coast guards from rescuing refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean.    

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