Death at the Border Fence in Melilla

On Friday a large group of African culture-enrichers rushed the border crossing at Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla. This attempt was more aggressive than those on previous occasions, and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez (Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party) referred to it as an “attack” on the country’s territory.

Eighteen migrants died in the attempt, and dozens more were injured. It’s not clear whether the dead and wounded fell off the fence while climbing it, or whether perhaps the border guards fired on them (which seems to me very unlikely at any border in Western Europe). According to this BBC report, at least some of those who died fell from the top of the fence.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this Spanish news report, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

00:02   Melilla 24 June 2022
00:06   Some 500 persons forced the border crossing to gain access to Melilla from Morocco.
00:10   18 migrants died and 63 were injured.
00:14   133 persons succeeded in crossing into Spanish territory.
00:21   The majority, of Sudanese nationality, are considered potential refugees by the UN.
00:28   Dozens of Sudanese co-nationals housed there since March await them at the gates.
00:34   The entry occurred despite the deployment of Moroccan authorities in the Chino neighborhood.
 

2 thoughts on “Death at the Border Fence in Melilla

  1. Send them all back !!, enough is enough, Sanchez have to go !!, He as bad as Trudeau and Macron .. what they did to this continent it’s unbelievable..

  2. I watched a report in spanish media(TVE TV channel) that mentioned asphyxia as the cause of the deaths, caused by trampling. To me it seems reasonable to think that a large crowd, trampling upon each other while immigration police is trying to hold the line may have caused those deaths. And if bullets had been the cause the left would have already sounded the “white man bad” alarm.

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