An alliance of NGOs, both local and international, have successfully managed to get the C Star banned from Maltese Ports.
In the last 24 hours, it has been clear that the Defend Europe ship was heading towards the island and opposition has been steadily building. Then, moments ago the Port Authorities of Valletta officially told the C Star to turn around and announced that they would not allow them to enter.
This is just the latest blow in a long line of embarrassing setbacks for the Defend Europe mission. Having originally been detained in both Egypt and then Cyprus, and then refused entry into Tunisian ports. Then on 11 August the vessel broke down in the Mediterranean due to “machinery damage/failure” and ironically the MRCC Rome (the emergency service for the Western Mediterranean) ordered the NGO Sea-Eye to provide them with assistance.
Having been refused entry to Tunisia many have been wondering where and how Defend Europe have been managing to refuel and take on supplies without entering a port. However, documents leaked to HOPE not hate suggest that the C-Star likely refueled and took on supplies at the Ashtart Terminal, an oil terminal off the coast of Tunisia.
The constant setbacks and opposition have drained their funds and occupied their time, rendered the Defend Europe project deeply ineffective.
More to follow as we have it.
Dr Joe Mulhall is Senior Researcher at HOPE not hate. Formerly he was a visiting lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London where he also completed his PhD on the postwar far right. He has published extensively on the international far right and discussed his research on the BBC, CNN and Channel 4 news among others. If you have a tip, get in touch at [email protected]Twitter