Podemos has demanded an “immediate and independent” investigation by the European Union to clarify what happened after the massive attempt to cross the Melilla border fence to purge responsibilities, given the “harsh images of violence and serious human rights violations by of the immigration authorities. The words of the government partner of the PSOE are opposed to those of Pedro Sánchez, who has praised the work carried out by Morocco to try to avoid, in coordination with the Spanish security forces, the “violent assault” on the border with Melilla
In fact, the Podemos International area has highlighted that the timing of this incident “is not by chance” and that it occurs days before the NATO Summit in Madrid, where the southern border and increasing military spending will be discussed. . “The use of human rights and people cannot be allowed either as bargaining chips or as a measure of pressure and coercion,” the purple formation has launched.
For Podemos, this Friday it was possible to visualize “one of the most serious humanitarian disasters in history” on the southern border, with at least 37 immigrants killed and dozens of people injured trying to reach Melilla.
From the purple formation they affirm that this balance is the consequence of the migratory agreements with governments that “systematically violate human rights”, in reference to Morocco. “Going over international law selling, among others, the rights of the Saharawi people and trusting governments that systematically violate human rights has consequences. We have been defending it from the beginning: compliance with international law is and must be non-negotiable”, Podemos emphasized.
Faced with this, he has demanded a foreign, migratory and cooperation policy “not linked to the externalization of borders”, since “legal and safe channels are needed; firmness in the defense of human rights; determined fight against corruption and fair development on both sides of the border”.
“The most effective migration policy is the one that goes directly to the causes and avoids humanitarian disasters like the one experienced yesterday,” the party has settled.
The spokesman for United We Can in Congress, Pablo Echenique, has opined that Spain must rethink “a policy of externalization of borders and blackmail by Morocco that generates so much violence and suffering.” “If they were blond and European, there would be emergency meetings at the highest level, television specials about their life stories and their families and a total break in relations with the country whose police action has caused this tragedy,” he has launched on networks.
The PP asks for “transparency”
It has not been the only reaction to the event that took place on Friday at the Melilla border with Morocco. The Minister of Justice and the Interior of the Community of Madrid, Enrique López, has asked the Government to carry out “an exercise in transparency” and “tell what happened”. For López, “the Government must exercise transparency and telling what happened is essential” to “make it credible.” In addition, he has asked the Ministry of the Interior “to provide the Civil Guard and National Police with sufficient means to be able to contain this type of activity.”
“Faced with very compromised situations such as being, it is necessary to consider having military units that support the police and Civil Guard when actions of this nature take place”, he expressed after the presentation of the book ‘Mi Once de Oro’, about the sport and the reintegration of minors and young offenders.
López has also prescribed “transparency, proportionality and efficiency” to a government that “sometimes gives the impression that it departs from the principle of legality, of responsibility and leaves the State Security Forces and Corps in a compromised situation.” He has also made it ugly that “the secret agreements between Sánchez and Morocco” are unknown.
Errejón considers the Government’s defense of Morocco “horrible”
For his part, the leader of Más País, Íñigo Errejón, considers it “horrible” that the Spanish government congratulates the Moroccan police after the jump. In a Twitter message, Errejón wondered if “this is what was bought with the abandonment of the Saharawi people.” In addition, he has lamented that the images that arrive from the Moroccan border are “horrible”.
Vox asks to persecute NGOs
The president of Vox, Santiago Abascal, has proposed the use of the Army, creating impassable walls and “persecution of complicit NGOs” as the main measures to protect Ceuta and Melilla from massive jumps to the fence. This has been stated on his Twitter account, in which he has indicated that the maritime surveillance of the Spanish Navy in the Strait and the Mediterranean and the expulsion of all illegals are other proposals to stop the massive jumps.
“Violent and dramatic”
The president of Melilla, Eduardo de Castro, has described the jump as “violent” and “dramatic”. This is how he stated it in an interview with Canal 24 Horas, in which he asked to reinforce the border perimeter and the security and integrity of the territory: “What is happening is truly outrageous. We have a serious problem.”
“The problem of insularity, recognized by the European Union, must be taken into account. We will have to seek a new status for Ceuta and Melilla from a European point of view”, he added.
When asked if there are sufficient means to stop this type of assault, De Castro pointed out that “the fact that this does not happen again does not depend on the Security Forces and Bodies, it depends on the Sub-Saharans having the fence”.
Thus, the president of Melilla has exonerated the Spanish security forces by defending that “the Civil Guard does what is in its power, and more”.
More Madrid urges explanations
The spokeswoman for Más Madrid in the City Council of the capital, Rita Maestre, has urged the Government this Saturday to ask Morocco for explanations, “whom it has chosen as a partner in geopolitics”, because “the deaths on both sides of the fence matter ”.
Maestre has asked “what has been the action of the Police and the Moroccan army to cause a violent death of many people who were not only suffering for many hours, but were left out in the open.”
In addition, he considers that “the statements by the Government of Spain congratulating the Moroccan side for their work are profoundly inappropriate” and “show very little empathy”. “We care about the people who are fighting for a better life, but who don’t deserve to be crushed to death in the sun,” he said.
For this reason, he trusts that “the Government will rectify, that it ask for explanations from what it has chosen as a partner in geopolitics, and that practices against human rights cannot be endorsed.”
Colau calls it “institutional racism”
The mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, lamented this Saturday the deaths of migrants: “I’m dying of shame at so much institutional racism. Being silent is not an option.”
In a statement, he has sent his condolences to the families and loved ones of all the people killed “for a repressive action that must be investigated.”
The mayor has considered that if these deaths had occurred in “a demonstration in Barcelona or Madrid” they would have greater media impact than those of the migrants in Melilla. “Can you imagine 27 dead in a demonstration in Barcelona or Madrid? Can you imagine the reactions of indignation, the requests for explanations, the signs of mourning? We would read the names and surnames and their life stories in all the media. However, for the moment only Pedro Sánchez’s congratulations have been heard for the performance of the Moroccan police ”, she has criticized.
Pedro Sánchez praised Morocco
All these statements come after President Pedro Sánchez praised the work carried out by Morocco to try to avoid, in coordination with the Spanish security forces, the “violent assault” on the border with Melilla.
At a press conference in Brussels, Sánchez valued the actions of the Spanish security forces and bodies and also stressed that the images show that “the Moroccan gendarmerie has also worked hard to try to prevent this violent assault.” The President of the Government stressed that it is necessary to “be aware that Morocco also suffers from a problem of migratory pressure”, coming above all from a “highly unstable area such as the Sahel”.