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[WATCH] Maltese government guilty of ‘inverse racism’ against Defend Europe crew - Patrijotti

The far-right group said it had no option but to intervene after the government denied ‘European kids’ humanitarian aid

Yannick Pace
1 January 1970, 1:00am
Moviment Patrijotti Maltin said it was forced to undertake a dangerous humanitarian mission because the government refused the C-Star entry to malta
Moviment Patrijotti Maltin said it was forced to undertake a dangerous humanitarian mission because the government refused the C-Star entry to malta
Moviment Patrijotti Maltin deliver supplies to C-Star crew
The right-wing Moviment Patrijotti Maltin has accused the government of ‘inverse racism’ against the identitarian group Defend Europe, which has been engaged in what it described as a mission to defend Europe from migrants crossing to Europe from Libya.

The MPM this morning sailed some 15 miles off Malta’s coast to deliver supplies to the crew of the C-Star - a ship chartered the group - after it was refused entry to Malta by local authorities earlier this week.

The supplies were collected by the MPM after a social media campaign, where it urged supporters to donate food, water, cigarettes, and other supplies. The party’s secretary general Norman Saliba said that many people had responded to the party’s appeal, including members and politicians of both the Labour and the Nationalist parties.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said the government had denied the ship entry because there was no place for extremists in Malta, a move supported by the Nationalist Party, as well as a number of human rights NGOs.

“We had no choice, it’s not human to allow 17 people on a ship in the middle of the ocean without supplies,” said MPM secretary general Normal Saliba.

Saliba said the MPM was forced to undertake a “dangerous humanitarian mission”, and to risk their lives because authorities had decided to abandon a group of European youths in international waters.  

“We like to boast about our hospitality and tolerance, yet we are choosing who we want to be tolerant with,” he said. “We are committing inverse racism. Just because they don’t agree with the government’s agenda we are denying them basic rights like help, food, water and shelter.”

Saliba insisted that due to the rough seas, transferring supplies to the ship proved more dangerous than expected. “Had someone gotten injured, there would have been blood on Joseph Muscat’s hands,” he said.  

MPM leader Henry Battistino said it was unacceptable for Defend Europe’s members to be called racists.

“They are educated, polite young men with their own ideas,” he said, adding that it was unacceptable for anyone to be called a racist unless they had ever been formally accused of racism.  

He stressed that all “these European kids” had asked for was permission to come to Malta in order to catch a flight home.

According to Battistino, the group had been unfairly portrayed as racist and that “nobody had mentioned their mission statement, which specifically said that if they encounter people in need of help, illegal or not, they would help and save then”.

“The thing that bothered me the most was that these people were denied water. You wouldn’t deny water to an animal,” he said, questioning why “such hatred was necessary”.

“We didn’t even deny Napoleon water and he was coming to attack us, let alone these people, who are defending Europe. Europe, as they see it.”

Battistino said that human traffickers were colluding with human rights NGOs to bring migrants to Europe, insisting there was proof that NGO ships had entered into Libyan waters and had gotten as close as 3 miles from shore and were in constant communication with human traffickers through the use of satellite phones.

He said that “the number of NGOs had exploded from 3 to over 66” despite the fact that the “Prime Minister said that no more boats were coming in”.

Ultimately, he said that the C-Star had been denied entry to Malta simply because it had exposed humanitarian NGOs’ “racket” and that groups like Defend Europe and the MPM were “sensitizing” citizens to what was going on. 

Yannick joined MaltaToday as a journalist in 2016. His main areas of interest are politics...
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