Morocco’s mistreatment of migrants denounced to cheers from Spain | New

Moroccan security agents intervened on Friday to prevent a large group of people from crossing illegally from Nador (Morocco) to Melilla (Spain) by breaking the fence that separates the border. The situation turned violent, killing at least 18 people, according to the authorities of the province of Africa.


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In this context, the President of the Spanish government, Pedro Sanchez, thanked Morocco the same day for its “extraordinary cooperation” in the field of the “fight against irregular immigration”.

In reaction, human rights organizations, including the Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH) and the Center for the Defense of Human Rights Irídia – Center, expressed strong criticism of the regard to the statements of the Spanish President and described them as “serious”.

AMDH said 27 people lost their lives in the incident, but added the figure could rise in the coming hours. He also warned that there should be no hasty burial of the victims until an investigation into the events is opened.

The organization also described the event as “a real disaster which showed the first consequences of the latest agreements” between Rabat and Madrid.

In this regard, Irídia – Center published shocking videos and images this Saturday, in which we can see how Moroccan agents beat immigrants near the fence while there are dozens of dead bodies on the ground.

The association asked the European Committee, Spain and Morocco to conduct an investigation into the events of the fence that separates the Maghreb country from the Spanish city in North Africa.

Melilla has over the past decade become a popular crossing point for African migrants trying to enter Europe.

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