Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Spain Erects Razor-Wire Security Wall
Threatens Ethnic Cleansings Of Moroccans
Five Migrants Killed
Survivors Herded Into Camps

From Reuters:

MELILLA, Spain (Reuters) - Spain said on Wednesday it planned extraordinary measures to deter African migrants from storming the borders of its North African outposts after 500 people tried to burst through.

Spain said it would invoke for the first time a 1992 agreement with Morocco allowing it to send back to Morocco sub-Saharan Africans who had made it over the razor-wire fences into its North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla.

Under the agreement, Spain can ask Morocco to readmit the migrants even though they are not Moroccan.

"We are working with Morocco and in the coming days, possibly tomorrow -- exceptionally -- there may be a repatriation of illegal immigrants," Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega told reporters before leaving Madrid for a visit to Ceuta and Melilla.

She was speaking after meeting the leaders of Ceuta and Melilla in Madrid to discuss what to do about a series of mass assaults by migrants on the Spanish outposts, which have Europe's only land borders with Africa.

Many of the migrants are from countries with which Spain does not have a repatriation agreement so they cannot be sent home. Instead they are often taken to mainland Spain and issued with an expulsion order that cannot be enforced.

Some 500 African migrants charged the fences around Melilla early on Wednesday, and many of the 65 who got through were injured, the government said.

Five died last week in a similar attempt at Ceuta. News reports said all were shot but it is still not clear by whom.

The new arrivals, their limbs and clothes shredded by the wire and some without shoes, raced to the police station, hoping to avoid being sent back by registering with police.

They were then transferred to a dusty and overcrowded Red Cross center where some hugged friends who had reached Spain on previous days.

Dozens of young men limped on sprained ankles about the sun-baked camp, fighting flies off their bandaged hands, some too dazed to talk, others breaking into broad smiles as they talked about Spain.

The city's military hospital was treating 39 of the migrants for cuts and bruises, an official there said.

Spain sent hundreds of troops last week to reinforce security at the enclaves and plans a new fence around them.

Spain is evil. They are like Nazis. They need to be condemned by the United Nations. We must ask the question, do the Spaniards, with their arrogant and racist behavior, even deserve a state?