Hate-filled xenophobes blocked a lifeboat crew from launching to save refugees in danger of drowning in the Channel, it has been confirmed.
Everybody involved in the obstruction is guilty of a criminal offence punishable with an unlimited fine – it has been an explicit crimes since 2006. But will they face justice?
The lifeboat was able to launch, but crews had to call on police to end the obstruction.
The incident came to national attention last week when a caller on James O’Brien’s LBC radio show told him she had witnessed the group blocking the lifeboat, shouting: “don’t bring any more of those home, we’re full up, that’s why we stopped our donations, and that kind of really horrible stuff.” She added: “It was really upsetting, and you could hear the hatred in their voice.”
Evil, hate-filled man recorded shouting at Hastings lifeboat crew urging them not to rescue asylum seekers. https://t.co/hdVht4NQOT
— Carlton Reid (@carltonreid) November 30, 2021
She said as the “lifeboat crew pulled the boat out and were going to go into the water”, a group of people “stood directly in the line of the boat so the boat couldn’t be put in the water.”
Sussex Police confirmed the incident to LBC:
The RNLI has confirmed a Hastings lifeboat was blocked from rescuing migrants after an LBC caller witnessed fishermen shouting angry abuse.https://t.co/pyDpJ64MtG
— LBC (@LBC) November 30, 2021
In a statement, Sussex Police said: “Just after 4pm on Saturday, November 20, police were made aware of reports of a disturbance near to the Hastings RNLI Lifeboat Station.
“A police officer attended the scene while also being supported by colleagues monitoring the situation on CCTV.
“No arrests were made.”
So it seems nobody will be punished for the crime – this time.
But will it embolden others to do the same – or worse?
And what does it say about the United Kingdom, that people here are willing to stand in the way of rescuers in order to ensure that other people drown in the Channel?
The incident has sparked outrage in many people – but not everyone.
Liam Thorp tweeted: “It must take a special level of hate in a person’s heart to try and block a lifeboat from saving people from drowning. This is despicable.”
His views are representative of many.
And Labour MP Nadia Whittome added her support to the RNLI volunteers:
Lifeboat crews are volunteers who put themselves at risk to save others.
It’s shameful that people are abusing them and trying to stop their boats launching. This abuse is fuelled by sections of the media that have vilified refugees and the RNLI.
Solidarity with RNLI Hastings.
— Nadia Whittome MP (@NadiaWhittomeMP) November 30, 2021
I won’t publish the bile that has emerged from the haters.
The fact that racists feel emboldened to physically try to stop a life-saving rescue from taking place shows just how low the Conservative government has dragged the country.
It shows that everybody in the Tory government, from Boris Johnson to Priti Patel, down to the lowest-level civil servant pushing through her policies of hate, is also a racist who wants innocent people to die.
And it shows that everybody working in the media organisations that promote this hatred is a homicidal racist too.
Is that you?
If so, This Writer would like to know how you justify yourself – and I’m sure I’m not the only one.
How do these people sleep at night, knowing that they have tried to ensure that another person – who has done them no harm at all – will die?
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