Last month I reported on a mass assault by culture-enrichers on the border fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla in North Africa. It’s not certain how many migrants died during the attempt to breach the fence, but the total was greater than twenty.
Now thirty-three of the invaders have been given prison sentences for their part in the assault on the border. Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Junge Freiheit:
Storming the Border at Melilla
Harsh penalties for African migrants
That happened quickly: three weeks after the mass rush of African migrants to the border of the Spanish enclave of Melilla, the Moroccan judiciary sentenced 33 people to prison terms. The attack on the fortifications killed 23 people.
The 33 accused are being jailed for eleven months each for illegal entry and violence against Moroccan border guards. This was confirmed by the lawyer Khalid Ameza. Those convicted were members of a group of about 2,000 mostly Sudanese immigrants who stormed the border between Morocco and Melilla on June 24. According to Moroccan information, 23 people died. Refugee organizations even spoke of 37 dead and dozens injured.
Further trial of 29 migrants soon
The incident caused an international sensation. A Moroccan investigative report ruled out that misconduct on the part of the security forces had led to the many victims. Migrant organizations and the UN, on the other hand, accused the border guards of both countries of using excessive force.
The attorney Khalid Ameza spoke of “a very harsh verdict”. He announced an appeal against the verdicts. Another group of 29 migrants is to be tried at the end of July. They are also accused of belonging to a gang of people-smugglers.
Afterword from the translator:
That is the right answer to the violent assault on the border and the just punishment for these invaders, but unfortunately I haven’t read anything about a subsequent deportation.
Also, when you look at that fence… it’s not a fence, it’s a jungle gym for a monkey zoo.
If Spain doesn’t want to do without its enclaves, then they should get some new ideas for a protective wall.