The Canary Islands continue to be a major transshipment point for African migrants trying to make their way to Europe. When they don’t get transported quickly enough, or when the accommodations do not meet up to their expectations, the culture-enrichers tend to get a little testy.
Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from PolitikStube:
From the star hotel to the migrant camp — Tenerife: Violent protests over the poor quality of the food
The Canary Islands are increasingly developing into an escape route for illegal migrants from Africa and are recording dramatic arrival figures. The mood in Tenerife is accordingly heated, not only among the islanders, but also among the illegal migrants, as the transfer to the mainland and the onward journey to the destination country did not take place as planned and they are now stuck in the warehouse.
But the frustration does not only affect being stuck on the island: After arrival, thousands of illegals were accommodated in hotels, some of them 4-star hotels, and now many adventurers have had to leave the paradisiacal accommodations and move to reception camps. Not only are the days of well-equipped apartments and hotel rooms over, apparently also those of the buffets, because the food in the migrant camp is of poor quality and triggers conflicts in the dining room…
Brutal confrontation last Saturday afternoon between a group of immigrants, who were temporarily housed in hotels in Maspalomas and Mogán, in the Las Raíces detention center, and the security guards at the center, who had to seek help from the local and national police afterwards the tension inside had increased due to protests from inmates about the shortage and poor quality of the food. The police arrested seven people in the clashes.
The protests turned violent, and the NGO Accem, which manages the facilities, had to alert the authorities to send reinforcements to control the situation after a confrontation broke out between migrants and the centre’s security guards.
The coexistence in Las Raíces between the different groups of migrants becomes more and more complicated as the weeks go by, as the different nationalities mix in the center with the people who gradually arrive.