Griffin: Sink boats carrying illegal migrants to Europe

BNP formula suggests sink boats, throw a life raft and send them back go back to Libya 9th July 2009: The British National party has fired another salvo of hatred and racism. In an attempt to stem the tide of unauthorized immigration the hard way, party leader Nick Griffin declared boats carrying illegal migrants to Europe should be sunk.

Asked what should happen to those on board, he said: "Throw them a life raft and they can go back to Libya".

Mr. Griffin who was elected to the European Parliament from the North-West of England last month, also called on the EU to introduce "very tough" measures to prevent illegal migrants entering Europe from Africa.

In an interview with this week’s edition of BBC Parliament’s The Record Europe, he said: "If there’s measures to set up some kind of force or to help, say the Italians, set up a force which actually blocks the Mediterranean then we’d support that.

"But the only measure, sooner or later, which is going to stop immigration and stop large numbers of sub-Saharan Africans dying on the way to get over here is to get very tough with those coming over.

"Frankly, they need to sink several of those boats.

"Anyone coming up with measures like that we’ll support but anything which is there as a ‘oh, we need to do something about it’ but in the end doing something about it means bringing them into Europe’ we will oppose."

Mr. Griffin clarified he didn’t say anyone should be murdered at sea; simply the boats should be sunk. Europe has, sooner or later, to close its borders or it’s simply going to be swamped by the third world, he insisted.

The BNP has all along advocated British withdrawal from the European Union and an end to all immigration to the UK. The party just last month won its first two seats in the European Parliament.

His latest comments have generated controversy, as thousands of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa attempt to cross to Europe on rickety boats during the summer. In the process, many land on Lampedusa, an Italian island less than 100 miles from Tunisia. According to the BBC, 37,000 migrants landed on Italian shores last year, a 75 per cent increase on the year before.

In May, the Italian government gave Libya three patrol boats to help combat the flow of illegal migrants crossing to Italy. Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni, also a member of the anti-immigration Lega Nord party, hailed as an "historic" moment the first 200 migrants picked up by the boats and returned to Libya.

The human rights groups, on the other hand, have expressed concerns about Italy sending the migrants back to Libya without even screening them for asylum claims or to discover whether they were sick, injured, unaccompanied children or victims of human trafficking.

Mr. Griffin, who will next week formally take up his seat in Brussels, also revealed the BNP failed to form an alliance in the European Parliament with like-minded parties from other EU countries, as talks with the French National Front and Italy’s Northern League failed after the Italian party decided to sit with the UK Independence party.

Knowing the party had not got the Northern League on board, no one was prepared to commit themselves, Mr. Griffin believes, adding they would continue to work together with the other groups and share ideas.

The BNP needs at least 25 members from seven different member states to form a group. Formation of a group would have made the party wield considerable influence.

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