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The European Commission calls for an investigation into the deaths at the Melilla fence


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The European Commissioner for the Interior, Ylva Johansson, yesterday requested a independent investigation about what happened at the Melilla fence on June 24. In a speech before the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, he said that the events that took place on the border of the autonomous city of Melilla with Morocco are not acceptable.

The commissioner also condemned the “violent attempts” to enter European territory. “It cannot be accepted that people die at the borders of the European Union. At the same time, we cannot accept that nobody tries to gain access in a violent way to enter the European Union. UNHCR, the African Union and other institutions, like you, have called for an investigation and I am completely agree with this line of action.

It is necessary to determine what the facts have been, “said the community official in reference to the causes that have caused the death of at least 23 immigrants (37 according to the NGOs) who were trying to enter Spain.

Marlaska’s resignation

The Spanish MEP Miguel Urbán, from the anti-capitalist sector and in the orbit of Podemos, called for the “immediate” resignation of the Spanish Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, in a dramatic intervention. The other Spanish MEPs present at the beginning of the plenary session, from the ERC to the PP, criticized the attitude of the Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez in the face of the events.

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Commissioner Johansson has admitted in her response that after all it will be “very difficult to know what happened that black Friday” on the Spanish border in the vicinity of the Moroccan city of Nador and has taken advantage of the situation to once again demand a pact to renew the European legislation on immigration and asylum. “Melilla has been a call, an alarm, there are going to be more people who are going to put their future in the hands of traffickers. We have to do everything in our power to save lives.” Despite the situation, the commissioner herself did not want to criticize Morocco, a country that the EU counts on to collaborate in the management of migratory flows. “Morocco is a strategic country for the EU and it is important to manage immigration. This year alone he has avoided more than 26,000 irregular departures».

The representative of the PP, the former Minister of the Interior José Ignacio Zoido, said in his speech that “it cannot be described as a well-resolved matter as the President of the Government Pedro Sánchez did” when “the complex situation of the southern border is a accumulation of mistakes» that have broken the delicate balance of the Spanish relationship with North Africa. For her part, the Catalan nationalist of ERC Diana Riba said that “in a police action in which 37 immigrants were murdered, she spoke of a well-resolved operation and a violent assault criminalizing people fleeing violence.” For her part, IU’s representative, Sira Rego, has sent a letter to the European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, asking her to open an investigation into what happened. The representative of Ciudadanos, Jordi Cañas, spoke of “the corollary of the border management carried out by Morocco, which is a mixture of neglect and disability coupled with a huge political use of the migratory weapon to put pressure on Spain and the European Union» as has been seen in previous situations.

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