MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Reports of between 800-900 EU-bound migrants drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean when a boat capsized on Sunday. Only 28 have been rescued.
According to Amnesty International, the protest organizer, hundreds of people have joined the march. The group stated that participants will carry three empty coffins, with the march culminating outside the European Council building.
- Send Navy patrols to intercept migrants and escort them back home22.2% (264)
- Carry out search-and-rescue operations and fund refugee camps in Europe13.7% (163)
- Support their home countries to stop migrants from leaving50.9% (605)
- Arrest them when they arrive, and send them back home immediately13.1% (156)
Earlier Thursday, European media leaked a draft summary of the summit, revealing that the bloc is unlikely to expand search and rescue operations, focusing instead on destroying boats used by human traffickers to smuggle undocumented migrants into Europe. Amnesty International called the report "illegal, impractical and immoral."
The Mediterranean Sea is one of the main routes for migrants trying to flee armed conflicts in North Africa and the Middle East. At least 3,500 people died crossing the sea in 2014, according to UN estimates.