Civil demonstration in Zarzis to denounce continuing perils of sea | Tunisia News Gazette

Civil demonstration in Zarzis to denounce continuing perils of sea

Fishing boats, on Monday, toured the Zarzis port carrying banners calling for freedom of movement and circulation and the need to combat perils of the sea due to the proliferation of attempts at illegal immigration to Europe.

It is a civil protest organised on the initiative of a group of volunteers from several countries to denounce the continuing perils in the Mediterranean Sea.

The demonstration, co-organised by the Association “Fishermen for Development and Environment (APDE) of Zarzis and the network of Alarmphone Tunis, aims to raise public awareness of the danger of indifference to perils affecting thousands of people at sea during their attempts to illegally cross to Europe.

Azza Falfoul, activist at Alarmphone said the purpose of this event is to send a message to governments to encourage them to propose solutions to young migrants.

This initiative is part of an awareness programme developed by a group of volunteers from Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, Switzerland, France and Senegal and launched two days ago.

The choice of Zarzis to organise this event is explained by the fact that this city has seen a migration tragedy, said Falfoul.

She added that the number of migrants who illegally crossed to Italy exceeded 8 thousand last year and those who died at sea are counted by thousands.

Among the participants in this event is the Zarzis’ Fishermen for Development and Environment (APDE) association which has nominated its president, Chems Eddine Boursalli for the Nobel Peace Prize.

For his part, the representative of the Red Crescent, Chems Eddine Marzouk, called on the international community to break the wall of silence and to propose adequate solutions to cope with the continuing dangers at sea and to guarantee greater safety to youth.

Marzouk called for building a cemetery in Zarzis to bury the increasing number of migrants drowned at sea.

Source: TAP News Agency

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