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Lesvos: 10-year-old Afghan boy dies during migrant boat evacuation by Frontex vessel

A 10-year-old Afghan boy with disabilities was found dead in a boat carrying 66 migrants from Turkey to the island of Lesvos. The migrant boat was stopped by a Bulgarian Frontex vessel within the Greek territorial waters off Lesvos on Saturday morning. According to the parents, the boy was trampled by other passengers during the evacuation by the Frontex vessel.

According to what has been known so far, a Frontex vessel from Bulgaria spotted and approached the migrant boat.

For some “unknown” reason panic broke out among the migrants. Suggestion have it that they thought the Frontex boat was a Turkish Coast Guard vessel that would force them back.

When the Frontex vessel managed to approach the boat, the crew found the Afghan boy in “unconscious” condition.

A smaller Frontex speedboat brought the boy to the port of Mytilene and to the local hospital when he died. The boy had signs of asphyxiation.

On board of the migrant boat were also the boy’s parents and his two younger sisters.

The Frontex vessel took the 66 migrants to the port of Lesvos.

When the mother heard that her son was died she jumped into the sea in an attempt to put an end to her own life. She was rescued by the Greek Coast Guard.

In their first statement, the boy’s parents claimed that their child was trampled by the other passengers who were in panic and were trying to climb to the Bulgarian Frontex vessel. [,]
PS I want to believe that someone -like the Frontex and the Greek Coast Guard- is investigating the issue.

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  1. Martin Baldwin-Edwards

    FRONTEX is an unaccountable EU agency that is a disgrace in its flouting of international and EU law and its cynical anti-immigrant stance. It’s the sort of institution that the Third Reich would have approved of.

  2. Yes we know Martin, we’ve heard it before. Let’s flood Greece and Europe with millions of third world economic migrants. Whilst Europe burns with no go zones, sharia law and astronomical birth rates of unemployable people who don’t wish to integrate

  3. Martin Baldwin-Edwards

    I repeat, the sort of institution that the Third Reich (and contemporary neo-Nazis) would approve of. The current mess that exists on the Greek islands is the creation of the EU and supported by the Greek government; the rest of Europe is not burning, other than the violence in the UK created by the hate speech of the far right which is currently the government of the UK.

    The Nazi propaganda that is being spread across the web is really something incredible; it is like a replay of the early Nazi movement and its determination to poison the minds of Germans (and others) against Jews. This time, it’s against Muslims and dark-skinned people generally.

  4. It’s always easier to bury your head in the sand. The only thing EU Has done is not enforcing pushbacks to the boats and ensuring NO person entering another country will EVER become a citizen regardless of refugee status.

    Australia implemented the “pacific solution” and the problem disappeared using the above and the illegals stopped arriving. As well as killed the smugglers business model.

    The world is full of over 1 billion poor, with some not even having accesss to drinking water, hence the thousands flooding Italy from Africa. Are all entitled to refugee status ?

    Look at sweden, Germany, France and Greece they all have a problem with these people. They are mere shadows of their former selves. Perhaps you need to go for a nice leisurely walk through omonia at night, if you dare. Please do so and let us know if you don’t think there’s a issue.

    Cultures clashes mean women are mere objects with sexual assault figures since 2015 increased substantially whever migrants go from Middle East and Africa. This is someone’s mother sister daughter we’re talking about. In addition to other crimes.

    Everybody’s not a nazi, because they have a different opinion than you. Academics always have a arrogance about them, your opinion is not the be all and end all and in social circles in the real world you would not go very far. Name calling doesn’t make your opinion correct.

    Controlled Migration serves a purpose, uncontrolled migration will destroy any country that doesn’t seal its borders

  5. Martin Baldwin-Edwards

    @Giannie: Your comment stinks of ignorance. The “Australian model” — which the far right keep citing as so wonderful — has been finally ruled unlawful, and is being attacked by all lawyers and human rights organisations, including former Oz attorneys-general and leading medical practitioners. The fact that one country breaks international human rights law is no reason for others to follow; the same happened with the US and its criminal activities in Guantanomo with torture, physical and psychological violence against their victims, most of whom have never been tried in a court because they would be found not guilty.

    Let’s get something straight: those who oppose the rule of law are opposing civilisation, and decent human behaviour. And yes, many of them are Nazi in mentality. I do not care how much you protest that you do not like being called a Nazi: that is what you are. Your views are racist and disgusting; your “facts” are lies and half-truths; and your opinions belong in the toilet. Golden Toilet, even.