I took this from a Hope not Hare email...please support their work
"Earlier this month, we broke a story that a group of young far-right
activists were trying to raise over £50,000 to disrupt NGOs from saving
refugees off the south coast of Italy, which was then picked up by the
Observer and other newspapers.
Dubbed "Defend Europe", these identitarians – a European movement
similar to the American alt-right that has developed a large following
and influence online – pride themselves on an anti-immigrant, anti-Islam
Now, we've discovered they have secured a 25-person ship and are raising
more funds to operate it in the Mediterranean. In their own words,
their aim is to "defend EU borders" and "rescue Europe by stopping
illegal immigration". They have also begun to collect information on the
NGOs working to support refugees and their staff.
We must not allow this to take place. This is a clear call to action by
the far-right, using the internet as a powerful tool to drive their
agenda by fundraising using crowdfunding platforms, recruiting and
mobilising supporters, and spreading their toxic message.
And the result of these actions could very well result in lives being lost."
We have been able to track down the ship to a port in Djibouti, on the
east coast of Africa, and we have eyes on its movements. We know that
the boat is due to set sail next week and will reach the Mediterranean,
via the Suez Canal, in two weeks' time.
This is a very real threat. Defend Europe has two main aims: to block
aid agency ships from making life-saving rescue missions, and to patrol
the sea and prevent crossings from taking place.
A number of the NGOs working in the area have already recounted stories
of being threatened by far right activists and fear a hostile and
intimidating environment in which to carry out their essential work.