More than 50 migrants drowned in the Mediterranean, the majority off the coasts of Tunisia and Turkey, while Italy marked a sea change in its policy.
Tunisian authorities said 48 bodies were recovered off the country’s southern coast on Sunday, close to the city of Sfax, while 68 people were rescued.
Tunisia has been a stable democracy for over SEVEN YEARS. These people have no reason to claim refugee status.
Tunisians are very rarely granted asylum in European countries and often become failed asylum seekers, though very few are ever deported.
Due to the fact that the recent Marseille attacker and the Berlin Christmas market terrorist were both Tunisian failed asylum seekers, many are concerned over the possibility of further Tunisian Islamic radicals smuggling themselves into Europe.
Yet Amnesty International portrays these criminal invaders as “innocent refugees” in their sob story video pimping for donations. Horrible! They are Africans invading Europe. There is nothing wrong with Tunisia. They have no reason to leave except they want the welfare. One cannot be happy they drowned but how stupid were they to leave behind a safe and peaceful home, board a boat that is triple filled to capacity and set off. Of course, they were planning to be rescued by a Communist NGO boat and sailed across to Europe. This time the boat did not come in time.
“De Welfare, We wan’ts de Welfare” said N’gubi Tumubu, a rescued Tunisian now waiting in a Tunisian coast guard office.
While water leaked into the boat, some passengers jumped into the sea and drowned, he told AFP.
The latest death toll was published around 7.00 pm, after the search and rescue operation had ended for the day.
The hunt for survivors would continue on Monday morning, Mohammed Salah Sagaama from Sfax’s naval base told AFP.
Tunisians and migrants regularly try to cross the Mediterranean to seek free welfare from Europe and the UK, with 120 mainly Tunisians rescued by their navy in March after trying to reach Italy.
African migrants threatened to kill the crew of an Italian cargo vessel that had rescued them in the Mediterranean, in an attempt to avoid being returned to detention centres in Libya.
The Italian coastguard picked up the migrants after receiving a call for help from the ship. They were being taken yesterday to Italy where the ringleaders will be questioned by police over the incident.
The mutiny on the Vos Thalassa marked an escalation in problems in the Mediterranean after Italy’s new populist government refused entry to migrants picked up by charity boats and handed over rescue responsibilities to the Libyan coastguard.
“Give Us De Welfare Or We Kill All Of YOU!” screamed a migrant savage.
Meanwhile, in another incident, Migrants began fighting with a rescue boat after being rescued when the NGO ship SeaBreeze came into view. Apparently that was the boat that was SUPPOSED to pick up the Africans based on pre-arranged phone calls. Some jumped back into the water as the Libyan boat steamed away, trying to make it to the free money welfare, err rescue ship.