A large number of migrants who were “rescued” in the Mediterranean are refusing to disembark in Crete because it’s not good enough.
Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from PolitikStube:
Saved is not enough! 152 migrants refuse to go ashore in Crete
The cargo ship Aristophanes headed for an undesired “safe haven” in order to be able to bring the 152 migrants gathered in the Mediterranean ashore. The 152 guests refuse to disembark and to go ashore in Crete; they may have hoped for a Mediterranean cruise, or at least the ferry service between Greece and Italy, in order to reach the intended destination more quickly.
The ship with the 152 migrants is anchored in the port of Paleochora in Chania. It was found during the evening by the coast guard at sea in an area 70 nautical miles southwest of the island of Schiza in Messinia.
There are 81 men, 23 women and 48 children and young people of various nationalities, including Kurds, Afghans, Iraqis and others.
Negotiations are currently underway between the port authorities and the refugees so that the cargo ship Aristophanes, sailing to Egypt, flying the flag of the Marshall Islands, can dock in the port and the refugees can disembark.
The 152 people who were on a wooden boat that was taking on water do not want to disembark because they fear they will be deported.