Members of Malta’s far-right ‘Patriots’ Movement’ have managed to deliver food and water to an anti-migrant ship, after the Maltese government denied it aid or entry on account of promoting racism.
Party executive member Stephen Florian – a former university lecturer who resigned in the wake of outrage at his comments outing a transgender student – posted pictures of party members delivering supplies to the ship.
“More vital supplies and lots of drinking water have just landed on the C-Star,” he said. “Patriots’ Movement officers are on board. Mission accomplished. Thank you all for your overwhelming response and for contributing to this success.”
It follows a brief social media campaign, in which ‘Patriot’ supporters were urged to donate food, water, cigarettes, money and other supplies to the C-Star ship as a sign of solidarity.
The C-Star boat, operated by the vigilante ‘Defend Europe’, aims to block migrants from entering Europe and has been described by the European Parliament as “a ship of hate”.
It recently approached Malta en route to Cyprus but was denied entry or aid, with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat lambasting the vigilantes as “racist, almost Nazi”.
The ‘Defend Europe’ group said the government’s decision was a “historic disgrace for the once independent and proud nation of Malta”.
“Malta has a history of defending Europe. Their capital is named after the hero Jean De la Valette and the island is covered with castles and fortifications,” it said. “That we are not allowed to enter is just as much symbolic. The government of Malta is betraying their national history by supporting human trafficking and obeying international migration supporters. It is their last and desperate attempt to attack our successful operation, and it will fail like all the previous ones.”