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NGO captain wants to see ban on anti-immigration AfD

The captain of a so-called lifeguard sea-rescue organisation, wants to see a ban on Germany's largest opposition party, the AfD. The anti-immigration party has linked mass immigration to a rise in crime.

Published: July 29, 2019, 9:56 am

    In view of the decision of the Saxon Constitutional Court, Mission Lifeline’s Claus-Peter Reisch, expressed his displeasure at expanding the candidate list to 30 for the Saxon state election in September.

    Reisch wrote on Twitter: “This decision for the AfD is scandalous.”

    The AfD should “not be allowed to place any lists” he said. It is sad that “our democracy does not prohibit such parties”. Previously, he had called the initial decision of the Federal Constitutional Court to arbitrarily and illegally exclude dozens of members as candidates “good news for democracy”.

    The Lifeline captain made headlines across Europe when he was arrested in Malta in late June 2018 after he and his crew had brought 234 black Africans to Europe.

    A Maltese court sentenced him in May to a fine of 10 000 euros, because he was skippering an improperly registered ship. Mission Lifeline spokesman Axel Steier announced that they would appeal and called the verdict “scandalous”.

    Last year, Reisch described Germany’s Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) a “perpetrator”, who belonged in court. Reisch had made serious allegations against Seehofer (CSU) and the EU, the Evangelical Press Service reported.

    Reisch said in a written statement that Seehofer wants to let migrants drown at sea, reported the news agency dpa. “He is a perpetrator, he should be in court, he has to resign,” the captain said.

    German historian Heinrich August Winkler has meanwhile called for reason and differentiation. The EU had to differentiate between migration and asylum claims, he said, since no society can endure unrestricted immigration in the long term.

    “We must not give the impression that there is a general human right that reads: We are now entering a state of our choice,” the 79-year-old historian told Deutschlandfunk. In addition, the rescue of human lives does not oblige them to immigrate to Europe.

    Winkler said the migrant helpers were being irresponsible to give this impression to Africans, especially since it is not be possible that in Germany, France or Great Britain “human rights for all the world” should exist.

    German economist and politician serving as Federal spokesman for Alternative for Germany, Joerg Meuthen said earlier this year: “Germany can no longer take in migrants. Knife attacks, rapes and violent acts against women are proportionally more likely to be committed by people from a Muslim cultural background than by ‘people from here’.”

    German police statistics indeed show that 38.6 percent of violent crimes were committed by foreigners in 2018.

    In Italy, Deputy Premier, Interior Minister and League leader Matteo Salvini said on Friday that he had ordered that no Italian port be assigned to a Coast Guard ship with 140 rescued migrants on broad until an agreement has been reached on their redistribution among European states.

    The Coast Guard ship took on the migrants on Thursday after they were rescued by the Accursio Giarratano fishing boat and another vessel. Rome has asked Brussels to coordinate migrant redistribution between member states, a European Commission spokeswoman confirmed to Reuters on Friday.

    Italian investigators and justice officials meanwhile told the Washington Post earlier that the Nigerian mafia has capitalized on half a decade of migration — a scenario in which crime and migrants have become synonymous just as conservative politicians in Europe and beyond have long warned about.

    In interviews with detectives, prosecutors, aid workers and ­human-trafficking victims, and a review of hundreds of pages of investigative documents, it was revealed that the Nigerian mafia has targeted Italy as a European crime hub, smuggling cocaine from South America, heroin from Asia, and trafficking women by the tens of thousands.

    Four Eiye members – a Nigerian mafia clan – were arrested on mafia and drug charges, including the suspected Sicilian Eiye boss, Osabuohien Ehigiator. And Francesco Del Grosso, the head of the foreign crimes section at the national police unit in Palermo, confirmed that all 14 people had come to Italy “on boats” in the past several years.

    The Nigerian mafia in recent years has not only expanded, but has also deeply rooted in Italian territory where no foreign mobster had dared to go before.

    Some experts say that as many as 20 000 Nigerian women, some of them minors, arrived in Sicily between 2016 and 2018, trafficked in cooperation with Nigerians already in Italy.

    In an operation dubbed “Burning Flame”, coordinated by police in Bologna and Turin, over 300 officers carried out arrests and searches in nine cities across northern Italy, from Bergamo to Modena, Parma and Ravenna this month.

    A two-year probe “has allowed us to destroy much of what, within the Nigerian community,” police said in a statement. Salvini praised the work of the police.

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