Dozens of Greeks marched through the city of Ierapetra on the island of Crete against the possibility of the arrival of C Star, a ship chartered by the far-right European network “Generation Identity” (GI) promoting an operation they call Defend Europe. The group claims to target the halt of sea rescue of refugees and migrants trying to reach Italy from the Libyan coast.
According to AMNA information from Ierapetra Port Authority, the C-Star, is currently sailing in international waters 12 miles south of Koufonisi, a small island in the Cyclades.
The group has not yet informed Greek authorities whether they intent to disembark in Crete, but it is believed that Monday’s protests will dissuade them from approaching the port.
Ierapetra mayor Theodosios Kalantzakis said his city is against any form of fascism and doesn’t want to host Defend Europe at the port.
“I do not see any intention by the passengers themselves to come to our region anymore, where we have shown that fascism will not pass, [where] we have shown our solidarity and hospitality to the 700 migrants we helped survive with dignity during the days they were hosted in Ierapetra a while ago,” he said.
“My communication with the authorities and the ministry was immediate and Ierapetra responded with the protests yesterday and also with the message I sent to the particular ship through the authorities,” the mayor told AthensNewsAgency.
The group Defend Europe is sailing in the Mediterranean to protest against the migratory route used by refugees and migrants who seek security in other countries.
Anti C Star protest in Catania, Sicily, last week: Closed Harbor or Racists
Defend Europe says it wants to preserve Europe’s identity and stop boats with refugees from reaching Europe. The C Star crew will conduct surveillance of the Search and Rescue ships chartered by NGOs because they “support human smugglers,” the DE claims.
The ‘mission’ of C Star is scheduled for ten days.
- The joke of C Star: the vessel is sailing under the flag of …Mongolia, a country that has no access to the sea.
Vessel C STAR (IMO: 7392854, MMSI: 457381000) is a research vessel built in 1975 and currently sailing under the flag of Mongolia. C STAR has 40m length overall and beam of 9m. Her gross tonnage is 422 tons. Below you can find more technical information, photos, AIS data and last 5 port calls of C STAR detected by AIS.
A week ago, the C Star mission did not go to plan after it was swiftly “arrested” in the Suez Canal when its captain failed to produce a satisfactory crew list last week.Later, the crew has resurfaced.
According to cretedoc.gr, the captain and his deputy were also arrested in Famagusta, in occupied Cyprus, on charges they were bringing illegal migrants from Sri Lanka. They were supposed to be the crew.
Several members were arrested for forging documents and engaging in potential human trafficking.
The members were stopped in and deported from a sea port in the self-declared Turkish state of Northern Cyprus Thursday after spending two days in detention for document forgery and potential human trafficking of 20 Sri Lankan nationals who were aboard the C-Star, the campaign’s ship. Turkish Cypriot authorities deported nine crew members, including the ship’s captain and a German “second captain” believed to be neo-Nazi Alexander Schleyer. The authorities also transferred the director of the company that owns the ship, Sven Tomas Egerstrom, to Greek-controlled Cyprus for further questioning.
According to NGO Hope, Egerstrom was convicted to 2 and a half year sentence for fraud.
The director of the company chartering the ship, ‘Suunta’ (now renamed ‘C-Star’) is a convicted fraudster.
Sven Tomas Egerstrom, director of Marine Global Services LTD, which own the C-Star, was convicted of fraud in 2002 and sentenced to prison for two-and-a-half years in jail, Swedish criminal records reveal.
Cretedoc.gr claims that the vessel was chartered by a company providing armed personnel against “Somalian pirates.”
According to international media, the purpose of C Star mission is PR for the anti-Islamist activists.