“Nazi Ship” Breaks Down In Mediterranean On Mission To Thwart NGO Rescues Of Immigrants [VIDEO]

The Independent reports:

Volunteers on a German refugee rescue ship have been deployed to help a vessel chartered by far-right activists that became stranded in the Central Mediterranean. Sea-Eye said Italian officials told their crew that the C-Star, operated by an anti-immigration group calling itself Defend Europe, had suffered a mechanical failure and could not manoeuvre.

A spokesperson for Sea-Eye, which is among those Defend Europe has accused of “colluding” with Libyan people smugglers, said it was prepared to offer any aid needed. Michael Buschheuer, the chairman of Sea-Eye, said: “To help a ship in distress is the duty of anyone at sea, without regard for their origin, race, religion or beliefs.” But when his ship approached the crew of the C-Star reportedly refused help.

The group, an offshoot of the white nationalist Identitarian movement, crowdfunded its ship with claims it would target “criminal NGOs… that are nothing less than part of the international human trafficking ring”. Defend Europe claims the rescuing of refugees from the Mediterranean Sea, where more than 2,400 men, women and children have drowned so far this year, is part of an “invasion” endangering the continent.

More from the Guardian:

Defend Europe chartered the C-Star in Djibouti last month after raising €75,000 (£67,000) through crowdfunding. After originally promising to actively block migrant boats, it now says it is “monitoring” rescues in the Mediterranean.

The group – part of a five-year-old movement of young, far-right activists from France, Germany, Austria, Italy and the UK who are opposed to Islam and immigration – accuses NGOs that have rescued about one third of the nearly 100,000 people saved in the Mediterranean this year of illegally working with people smugglers to bring migrants to Europe.

  • bkmn

    I wonder how much of the money they used to charter the boat came from Putin.

  • Tomcat

    Sorry but they would have floated around for months before I would have helped them.

  • FAEN

    Racist assholes.

  • leastyebejudged

    lol, EU’s finest !

  • barrixines

    Not much to say other than to remember just how many rightwing bastards posted messages on various newspaper sites cheering on the drowning of immigrants whose boats sank in the Mediterranean.

  • JoeMyGod

    Their original self-proclaimed goal was to sink any ship attempting to help drowning migrants. Thousands have drowned in recent weeks.

  • DaveMiller135

    I hope they bought the trip insurance. Also, i know it’s wrong, but I secretly hope they send a ship crewed entirely by reformed Somali pirates and Tunisian dock workers. It’s a teachable moment!

  • Harveyrabbit

    I hope the rescue ship is rushing there to help them using nothing but green power. They may need a couple more of these:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3debfea7a4c961576b33a344574c605a60fc25845e7b43662643919750d86723.jpg

  • margaretpoa

    GOOD. When they run out of food they can resort to cannibalism. Is dog eat dog a universal right wing tenet?

    • Uncle Mark

      Nothing, but white meat to eat

  • JoeMyGod

    In another supreme irony, several hired crew members have jumped ship and requested asylum…..

    • Gustav2

      That made me LOL!

  • Joseph Miceli

    Let them die.
    We would all be better off.

  • TrueWords
  • Tomcat

    Don’t mistake my laughter and excitement for HATE, I actually am LOVING this.

  • AtticusP

    I suppose I should be more compassionate, (then again, I’m not the only one) but I think that a boat full of Nazi white supremacists at the bottom of the Mediterranean is a good start.

    • Reality.Bites

      Think how bad the fish will taste on their new diet. Maybe the Bermuda Triangle?

  • Reality.Bites

    Let them drown. Nazis are neither human nor animal life

  • Dot Beech

    Just torpedo the fucking thing.

    Buh-bye!

  • another_steve

    Been said a thousand times, but it’s true: People get their signals from the President of the United States. It’s not just a glib and trite observation – it’s true.

    Donald Trump is empowering racists and bigots here in the states and all around the world.

    • Tomcat

      This right wing movement is not new since trump, it has been growing for years now all over the world.

      • Tomcat

        Could possibly give the Koch Brothers some credit.

      • another_steve

        Trump is its fertilizer.

        • Tomcat

          He IS that, for sure.

  • barrixines

    i don’t want anyone drowned. But it would amuse me greatly if they were just delivered rations now and again and left to float around the Mediterranean for a few months to allow them to contemplate their own stupdity.

    • Tomcat

      And don’t make the rations very pleasant either.

    • Silver Badger

      A little stale water now and again. Everything delivered by immigrants.

    • Gustav2

      A reverse MS St. Louis?

  • greenmanTN
  • Dramphooey

    What I gather from the videos Joe provided: this is a ship of fools floating around the Med going up to normal people and yelling “git off my lawn!”

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Pretty much.

  • Phillip A
    • Reality.Bites

      Well Fred Grandy WAS a Republican

  • Charlie In SF

    Why can’t they just tow it out into International waters and let nature run it’s course.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    Like Trumpeteers, they hate spending money on others yet end up costing lots of money for others to rescue THEM.

  • JWC

    the ugly head arises

  • Daveed_WOW

    I’ve always been OK with letting Nazis drown. Every damn one of them. And selling popcorn to enjoy while we watch.

  • ColdCountry

    I was trying to generate some compassion – and failing – until I read that they sent out a distress signal and then refused help, I’m assuming because it came from the “wrong” people. To me, that’s like a person who would rather die than receive a blood transfusion from the “wrong” person. Don’t bother sending the “right” people; they refused help, they’re on their own, as far as I’m concerned. My compassion has run out.

  • Michael Hampton

    Let them drown.

  • TheManicMechanic

    That garbage scow should’ve been towed out into open waters and set adrift. The Navy could use the target practice.

  • thatotherjean

    They refused help? Really? What are they planning to do, paddle ashore? Drift? Idjits.

    • Halou

      Mostly pride, they don’t want to feel humiliated by taking help from the very people they accuse of human trafficking. Also by taking help they would be implicitly recognizing that they are wrong to do what they are doing.

      • thatotherjean

        They’re going to get hungry and thirsty fairly quickly. What do they plan to do then?

  • Octavio

    It’s a sick world after all.
    It’s a sick world after all.
    It’s a sick world after all.
    It’s a sick, sick world.

  • juanjo54

    A couple of torpedoes amidships on the floating Nazi palace will remove that hazard to navigation easily.

  • JCF

    [Bottom clip]

    Oh look: it’s more Unfuckables!

  • Halou

    Ironic.

  • sword

    Maybe someone should go out and recuse them…sometime in the next month…after they have eaten some of their own.

  • MBear

    Nazi ships….nazi ships….nazi ships…fk off