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Brexit: Spain takes over UK maritime duties combating piracy off Somalia

Saturday, March 30th 2019 - 10:00 UTC
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Spain on Friday took over from Britain command of a European Union maritime mission that combats piracy off the coast of Somalia as Britain's planned departure from the bloc nears. Read full article


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  • Ann Other

    One of the reasons the Somali's turned to piracy was that the Spanish fishing fleet took all the fish in Somali waters, as they do worldwide.

    Mar 30th, 2019 - 10:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Kfitzat

    Typical racist Brexiteer's comments... By the way, How is our British fishing industry doing after we tried to bully little Iceland off their cod?

    Read the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee report in Pirate off the coast of Somalia:

    Somali pirates are usually characterized in one of two ways. The first description of the pirate groups accords to a broadly sympathetic narrative in which they are former fishermen who were forced to protect their waters from illegal fishing and dumping of waste following the breakdown of order in Somalia. Some of the pirate groups encourage this description, even naming some of their groups as the 'coastguard' and making reference to the acts of piracy as a kind of 'tax' on the illegal fishing vessels. However, the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia noted that only 6.5% of Somali piracy attacks have been against fishing vessels: the vast majority of piracy over the last four years has been against larger, merchant vessels carrying goods between east and west. An alternative view of the pirate groups is less romantic, depicting the groups as “simple maritime criminals”, many of whom were never fishermen but rather were attracted by the lucrative illegal gains from piracy, and who have established a large-scale criminal enterprise which is actively harming development in Somalia.

    Mar 31st, 2019 - 10:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • :o))

    Piracy is much more lucrative than “fishing”!

    Mar 31st, 2019 - 04:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    You misspelled 'Chinese', Ann Other.

    Mar 31st, 2019 - 05:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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