The original of the video below was apparently in Arabic, but has been given a German voice-over. I presume the fishermen are Libyans, so when they say “our coast guard”, they mean the Libyan coast guard.
The migrants in the overloaded boats have no interest in being “rescued”, unless it is by one of the migrant-ferry NGOs sent out for the specific purpose of bringing the “refugees” safely to Lampedusa or other Italian ports.
Bear in mind that somebody besides the migrants pays the traffickers to get them to the Libyan coastline and put them on the boats. And somebody funds those NGO vessels, which are expensive to staff and operate.
In other words, organizations and/or governments are expending a lot of resources to make sure these “refugees” get to Europe. This migration is not a spontaneous self-organizing phenomenon.
Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
|00:00||“I’ve come across 150 people out there,” this fisherman reports.|
|00:05||“I called the Coast Guard. It’s always boats that are completely overloaded.|
|00:14||When our Coast Guard comes close to the refugee boats, they threaten to jump into the water.|
|00:19||They want to go on to Italy. They don’t want our help.”