Police in Russia have detained 1600 immigrants after massive riots and protests broke out in streets. Reuters' Video shows Russians discontent over the constant influx of Muslim migrants. The video shows Islamic detainees with hands in air, and pinned against a wall by Russian police.
Hi-tech radars and night-vision equipment are also being used by Italian forces in the operation.
Most Muslim immigrants come to Italy from war torn Libya. Current European asylum laws require that immigrants to European countries, must file for asylum in the European country they first arrived in.
After over 400 people died from shipwrecks off the coast of Somalia, the Italian government sees this move as an effort to save lives. Recently,
- 364 people were killed when a 20-metre boat caught fire off Lampedusa
- 36 people were killed when a boat flipped over in rough seas off Malta
Channel News Asia further reports:
the latest arrivals come on top of the 32,000 asylum seekers that the United Nations refugee agency says have landed in Italy and Malta so far this year.
European countries are trying to "dismantle the smuggling rings" that have been operating in the Mediterranean Sea. Northern Europe has absorbed a great deal of the immigration from warn torn Middle Eastern countries, and feel the Southern European countries should take in their fair share. The city of Lampedusa, in Sicily, is already overcrowded with refugees needing processing.
Reuter reports that in the Biryulyovo region of Russia, protests broke out in support of stiffer laws to monitor Islamic migrant workers. The protests followed the stabbing death of Yegor Shcherbakov, a 25 year old Russian, believed to have been murdered by an Islamic migrant.
As a result,
many in Moscow are uneasy about the influx of migrants from Russia's heavily Muslim North Caucasus and ex-Soviet states
The protests and riots coincided with the holy Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha. Ironically, a holiday very much tied to the Judea-Christian faith, which honors the Prophet Abraham's attempt to sacrifice his son. as an act of submission to God. According to Reuters:
In Moscow, ethnic tension is often higher during such holidays because large numbers of Muslims gather at the city's few mosques.