Far-right group hopes to use vessel to stop journeys from Libya but mayor of Catania says its arrival threatens public order

A Sicilian mayor is seeking to block a ship chartered by a group of far-right activists attempting to disrupt migrant rescues in the Mediterranean.

Enzo Bianco, the mayor of Catania, has urged authorities in the port city on the island’s east coast to deny docking rights to C-Star, a 40-metre vessel hired by Generation Identity, a pan-European movement made up of young, anti-Islam and anti-immigration activists, for its sea mission to stop migrants entering Europe from Libya.

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