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Italy: A refugee has drowned while tourists laughed and told him to go back home [VIDEO] (The Canary, link):
"Shocking footage has emerged of the moment a refugee drowned in Venice, Italy. The man, thought to be from Gambia, a country which has been on the brink of war, died in the icy waters of the Grand Canal. But instead of helping him, onlookers filmed, laughed and told him to go back home.
Let him die
The man, named as 22-year-old Gambian Pateh Sabally, died on Sunday 22 January. He got into difficulties in Venices Grand Canal as tourist boats went past. But onlookers didnt care. They filmed the mans last moments, and shouted abuse.
One person can be heard saying Hes stupid. He wants to die. Another said Go on. Go back home. Someone else said Let him die at this point. And in the video people can be heard laughing."
And see: 'Let him die' shout onlookers as African refugee drowns in Venice's Grand Canal - The Gambian man was left to drown while passers-by filmed the incident (IBT, link):
"Italian magistrates have opened an investigation after a Gambian man drowned on 22 January in Venice's Grand Canal in front of onlookers who filmed the incident, laughing and shouting racist comments."
Brussels wants Schengen zone restored from mid-May, Germany sceptical (euractiv, link):
"The EU executive said yesterday (25 January) emergency border controls imposed within the blocs free-travel zone over the migration crisis should get a final three-month extension to mid-May, but Germany wants to keep them in place longer....
We currently have temporary border controls in place. These are exceptional measures for an exceptional situation, the blocs migration commissioner, Dimitris Avramopoulos said in proposing the extension. He made it clear, however, that he wanted to restore the chief achievement of European integration in full from then on: Its a question of three months to come back to normal.
But Germany, which holds elections on 24 September in which immigration and security will be prominent issues, wants to be able to extend the measures for longer, diplomatic sources said.
With immigration into the European Union under tighter control than at the height of the crisis, that may be hard to justify. That is why Germanys interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, will today propose changing the legal justification for the border checks to security issues."
European Border and Coast Guard: Commission reports towards full operationalisation and recommends opening negotiations to allow deployments in Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Commission, link)
NGO says Czech police try to drive away asylum seekers (Prague Monitor, link);
"The Czech asylum system tries to discourage refugees from applying for asylum in the country and the immigration officers try to drive away the possible asylum seekers, according to the Organisation for Aid to Refugees (OPU), a Prague-seated NGO, daily Pravo writes yesterday.
In an international report released yesterday, OPU writes that Czech police officers working at Prague airport force refugees to board planes that would take them to the country from which they arrived or they imprison the refugees, the paper writes. The immigration office dismissed this. It says many refugees produce false IDs and when they end up in prison, they start claiming their right to asylum."
Eurotunnel: Death at the fences, profits for Goldman Sachs (Calais Research, link):
"At least 15 people were killed in or around the channel tunnel in 2015. Some were electrocuted, some run over by trains, some chased by police into traffic near the entrance. All these deaths were a direct result of people trying to get past the intensive security put in place by Eurotunnel, funded by the British and French governments, to stop them reaching England.
Responding to these deaths, Eurotunnel apologised for the inconvenience caused to its passengers. Its boss Jacques Gounon explained that the migrants dying at his door are very far from poor unfortunates who seek refuge in England and have a right to a humanitarian approach, but instead are veritable commandos, well coordinated who seek to make politics and destabilise the government.....
in 2015 Eurotunnel, which runs the tunnel under a concession lasting until 2086, made a 100 million profit. 97 million of this was paid out as a dividend and handed straight to its shareholders, international investment firms led by major shareholder and creditor Goldman Sachs. Despite this record year, Eurotunnel is demanding millions more in compensation from the governments for lost earnings due to the migrant crisis."
Athens, Greece: Photos & statement from the intervention at the Immigration Directorate on Petrou Ralli Street (Insurrection News, link):
"Following the vindictive transfer of imprisoned immigrants to the jail of the Immigration Directorate on Petrou Ralli street, on the afternoon of Friday 20th of January, around 150 comrades carried through an intervention outside the building."
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