Defend Europe to begin patrolling the Mediterranean to stop migrants and ‘expose humanitarian groups’ collaboration with smuggling mafias’

A group of far-right activists has hired a boat to patrol the Mediterranean and prevent would-be migrants from reaching Europe.

The ‘Defend Europe’ vigilante scheme was announced by anti-immigration campaigners from France, Italy and Germany after they managed to crowdfund the 76,000 euros ($87,000) needed to rent a vessel.

The plan aims ‘to expose the true face of so-called humanitarian organisations, their collaboration with smuggling mafias, and the deadly consequences of their actions at sea,’ according to organiser Clement Galant.

‘When boats full of illegal migrants cross, our mission is to call the Libyan coastguard so that they can come and rescue them,’ he said in a video posted on social media.