French police boarded a train that had just crossed into the country from Italy on Sunday night and detained around 100 Muslim illegals, a move that sparked a protest where several pro-illegal alien activists were also arrested.
VICE The train carrying the illegals was stopped at around 10:50pm local time in Menton, a town in the southeast corner of France near the Italy border. French authorities returned the illegals to the border, where they were taken to shelters in the Italian town of Ventimiglia.
“A hundred Muslim illegals, accompanied by [illegal alien advocacy group] No Border activists, took the last regional train out of Ventimiglia to reach France,” Martine Landry, who oversees the local Amnesty International chapter and runs a migrant shelter in Menton, told VICE News.
Landry said the illegals were arrested after “riot police boarded every train carriage simultaneously and made migrants disembark.” According to Landry, a spontaneous demonstration erupted outside the Menton train station around 4am on Monday morning, leading to the arrest of 17 Italian No Border activists. The activists, who were mainly students, were taken to the police station in Ventimiglia and released Monday. They were reportedly banned from returning to Ventimiglia for three years.
Authorities in the nearby city of Nice confirmed that three French activists who were also arrested at the demonstration remained in custody Monday on charges of disrupting the public order.
In June, French police started blocking the France-Italy border, pushing many migrants back to the border. About 50 migrants refused to be evacuated and took refuge on the rocks by the Mediterranean coast, close to the French border.
Some of the migrants eventually set up a makeshift camp under a railway bridge, meters away from the France-Italy border. Those who were taken back to Ventimiglia are now housed in a Red Cross shelter near the train station.
New migrants arrive every day at the border, hoping to cross from Italy into France. When French authorities stop migrants who are registered in Italy, they send them back across the border, but the Italian authorities are under no obligation to readmit unaccompanied minors.
In the meantime, more Muslim illegal aliens clash with Italian police who forcibly eject them from French-Italian border.
UK Telegraph Clashes broke out on Italy’s border with France when Italian police were ordered to round up migrants and refugees who have been sleeping rough on the frontier for days in the hope of reaching northern Europe where the free handouts and welfare benefits are generous.
There were scuffles as around 30 illegals put up passive resistance when the police, dressed in riot gear, moved in and bundled them onto coaches at Ponte San Ludovico, across the border from the French Riviera resort of Menton.
The Muslim illegals were among around 300 who have set up temporary camp in the area in the past five days. They had camped out on the rocky seashore, protesting over France’s refusal to let them cross the frontier. In the end they were taken by bus to the nearby town of Ventimiglia, where the Italian authorities will decide their fate.
Some politicians criticised the use of force by the police, who moved in just after dawn. “The interior ministry could have avoided ordering in the police to move the refugees,” said Nicola Fratoianni, of the Left-leaning SEL party. “It was a useless and humiliating show of force against people who have already suffered enough. We are dealing with people who are fleeing war.” (No, they aren’t, they are fleeing so they can live off the largess of rich Europeans so they won’t have to work)
But Right-wing politicians said the police operation was long overdue.“The police are clearing out the clandestine illegals from Ventimiglia. Finally. Some of them are resisting, they want to stay. (Put them on) the first boat, send them home,” Matteo Salvini, the head of the anti-Muslim immigration Northern League, wrote on his Facebook page.
Mr Salvini, who was criticised last week for warning Italians that they could catch scabies off the illegals, has called for a naval blockade of Libya to stem the flow of boats organised by smuggling gangs that bring people across the Mediterranean.
“The French are doing well to defend their borders. I wish our government would do the same. Italy can no longer continue to act as a hotel for clandestine migrants,” he said.
Angelino Alfano, Italy’s interior minister, said the illegals should be allowed to cross the French border, and described the scenes of Tuesday morning as “a punch in the eye” for European ideals of freedom of movement.
France insists that under the Dublin Convention, refugees and economic migrants who arrive in Italy should remain there while there applications for asylum are considered. But Italy has for years flouted that rule, turning a blind eye to migrants who simply walk out of refugee reception centres and head towards northern Europe by road and rail, or even on foot.