A teenager DIED on the Channel and racists are revelling in it. Is this how we want the world to see us?

Blameshift: rather than accept the UK’s part in the deaths of asylum-seekers crossing the Channel, Priti Patel tried to blame people smugglers who are unlikely to have been involved. The “UKaid” sign in the background is ironic in this context.

Yes, people in other countries see us as xenophobes and racists.

A Sudanese 16-year-old was apparently trying to cross from France in an inflatable dinghy when he accidentally punctured it with a shovel he was using as an oar.

His body was found on the shore at Calais.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said the death of the young migrant was a “brutal reminder” that people smugglers exploit the vulnerable.

But there is no evidence that people smugglers were involved. The Home Office has refused to comment on the death.

Oh, and there’s also this:

Indeed, as Kent Refugee Action Network Pointed out, reports the boy had pushed off in a makeshift boat made it “likely that people smugglers weren’t even involved”.

The organisation demanded that Patel “turn her attention immediately to creating safe and legal routes so that no on else suffers the same fate”.

Fat chance – she’s playing up to the racists.

Apparently they’ve been making jokes about it…

… when they’re not actively attacking people who actually made it across:

The worst of it is that the rest of the world seems to believe that the racists represent the view of the UK’s population as a whole.

Consider what French politician Pierre-Henri Dumont said: “How many more tragedies does it need for the British to find an ounce of humanity?”

While also criticising his own government, he said the problem was that people were not allowed to claim asylum in the UK without actually being in the country. That’s what forces them to risk these dangerous crossings.

Sadly, this was just the latest in a long serious of deaths, as this list by The Guardian makes clear:

A significant number of people have died after being hit by cars in northern France as they made their way on foot to reach beaches or ports along the coast, and others have drowned in the Channel, suffocated in lorries or been hit by trains.

23 October 2019 Thirty-nine Vietnamese men, women and teenagers were found dead in a truck in Essex, England. The trailer had been shipped from the port of Zeebrugge, Belgium, to Purfleet docks.

14 October 2019 A 17-year-old Iraqi Kurd and a 22-year-old man, also Iraqi, were discovered dead on a beach in Le Touquet, northern France.

26 August 2019 The body of Masoud Niknam, 47, was found off the coast of Zeebrugge, Belgium. He was wearing flippers, two pairs of jeans to protect him from the cold, and a lifejacket made from netting and empty plastic bottles.

9 August 2019 Mitra Mehrad, 31, an Iranian woman, fell from a dinghy off the coast of Kent and her body was found in Dutch waters.

8 March 2019 A 19-year-old Ethiopian boy named Kiyar was found dead in a lorry at Calais, having tried to reach the UK where he had extended family.

18 November 2018 Mahammat Abdullah Moussa, 25, a Chad national, was discovered dead under a bus by French police at the Eurotunnel terminal in Folkestone, Kent.

30 September 2015 Berihu, a 23-year-old man from Eritrea, was run over by a train in the Eurotunnel.

17 September 2015 A Syrian man in his 20s was electrocuted while trying to climb on to a Eurotunnel freight train to England. He was found on the train’s roof after being shocked by overhead power lines near the French entrance.

No doubt that list gives joy to supporters of Ms Patel.

For the rest of us it is a catalogue of shame.

Source: Channel crossings: Body of teenage migrant found on French beach – BBC News

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3 thoughts on “A teenager DIED on the Channel and racists are revelling in it. Is this how we want the world to see us?

  1. Jeffrey davDav

    Who in his right mind wants to live
    In his homeland when the likes of Britain
    Us drop bombs on their homeland
    Yet many now will say we don’t want
    Them here think for yourselfs would
    You live were other countries drop bombs
    On you not on your nelly you would we have
    The most vile government ever and they
    Have through media loosened your minds
    With their greed and hate we have enough
    Trouble lossing our sick disabled mentally ill
    To these devils fight against then not people’s
    Fleeing their own countries because of our
    Government deeds

  2. Hecuba

    The rest of the word rightly believes little England is now a country of vile racist and xenophobic fascists! Because the fascist tories have worked tirelessly for the last 10 years promoting their xenophobic and racist lies to gullible ordinary women and men!

    Given mainstream media consistently promotes the dominant fascist tory lies this is why little england is now indeed a racist and vile little country.

    The poor boy who died simply because he was trying to get to England is yet another victim in the fascist tory war on ‘worthless women, children and men!’ Prior the Second World War many Jewish women, children and men attempted to get to little England in order to escape the murderous Nazis but the UK government said ‘no we don’t want these nasty migrants in our sacred country!’ Nothing changes and furthermore thugs are avidly targeting women who do not wear face masks! No need for the victims to attempt to say they are exempt – merely not wearing a face mask is sufficient for the male thugs to instigate physical violence against women!

    Fascist tories must very pleased with themselves stirring up division and ignoring the ever increasing demonisation of women and men who don’t wear face masks! Fascist tories won’t be shaming these individuals because it suits their vile fascist agenda – demonise certain disadvantaged groups and the fascist tories will not be scrutinised for their state instigated mass murder of over 70,000 women and men who died from the coronavirus!

    Little England is doing very well – now a fascist failed state which constantly demonises refugees, disabled women and men and anyone who is unemployed!

    And I predict more of them will be eagerly seeking out refugee women and men in order to inflict violence on them! Does this remind anyone of the fascist Nazi thugs who paraded around in their jackboots and inflicted violence on anyone who was perceived as not being a dutiful obedient fascist!

  3. Ray

    We have now become the new Nazi coumtry, what the hell is wrong with this country.we drop bombs on there home country and wonder why they want to leave it because it is not safe for them and when they try to come here we tell them to sod off.

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