‘Saving lives is not a crime’ – the Spanish activist taken to court for rescuing migrant ships

The rafts arrive daily now, in fair weather or foul, dozens of migrants crammed on to small inflatable dinghies more suitable for a pleasure lake than the open sea.

Most do not have enough fuel for the crossing; others use oars instead of motors. Along Spain’s southern coastline, locals have been horrified by discoveries of bodies washed up from sunken rafts: among them, a boy of six or seven found on a Cadiz beach last January, and another, aged between eight and ten, in a national park in Almeria in June. 

In July, 49 sub-Saharan Africans died when their raft sank near the island of Alborán, a rocky, outpost half way between Morocco and Spain that has become the country’s equivalent of Italy’s…

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