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Lampedusa – Genocide Made in EU

A few days ago, a ship sank before the Italian island of Lampedusa. 309 Africans who had been trying to reach into Europe have since been taken out of the sea dead. A fisherman who rescued 49 people with his boat accuses the Italian coast guard that they let the Africans drown, taking almost one hour to reach the sinking ship, only 500m away from the coast. Tragically, this is just one incident of many. Italian and Spanish coast guards have actually been reported to not only unlawfully refuse to assist boats with African migrants caught in distress at sea, but to actually have attacked some in order to force them to back off from the European coast. And these boats sank. Even if not officially declared so, that is EU policy; the borders have to be protected.
And this is genocide. Yes, this EU policy fulfills the legal requirement of genocide. Africans are brought to death for the fact that they are Africans. I remind readers that Articles 2 of the Genocide Convention’s defines genocide as “any of the following acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
a) Killing members of the group;
b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part (…)”.
The policy of Italy and the EU, letting ships of Africans sink and attacking them, causing the death of thousands of Africans in the Mediterranean Sea, clearly fulfills this legal definition since it is directed against Africans because they are Africans. So normally the European leaders, politicans and navy commanders who are behind this should be persons of interest to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Oh, but then I forget that the ICC only deals with the persecution of African leaders, please forgive me .
This ship sank and 309 more Africans died in the Italian sea just a few days after CARICOM leaders launched their initiative for reparations for slavery. Now, what does the ship tragedy have to with with slavery reparations? Everything. European states have been perpetrating a genocide against African people for more then 500 years. They started with transatlantic slavery and on the destruction that they thereby brought upon Africa they built colonialism and violently maintain neo-colonialsm up to this day, on both the continent and the diaspora. And that destruction performed over such a long time on the African continent is responsible for the thousands and millions of African youths who suffer greatly materially every day with their families and are ready to risk their lives to reach Europe. And when they try to do this, the European Union and its member states will kill them or let them die while looking on! The EU has just, a few days after the drowning death of the 309 Africans, declared that it will start using drones along its Mediterranean borders in its fight against Africans.
While I greet the CARICOM reparations initiatve, I regret that it seems to be only concerned with monetary compensation for Caribbean countries, while what we need and what is legally due is COMPREHENSIVE AFRICAN REPARATIONS. And since these might well never be ‘given’, they might have to be ‘taken’.
Or what do you think?

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