All the political forces to the left of the PSOE, including its government partner, United We Can, have called in recent hours for an investigation into the actions of the Spanish and Moroccan police in the face of the death of dozens of people -37, according to different NGOs- that friday they tried to cross the Melilla fence and that they were harshly repressed by the agents, in addition to suffering avalanches and hot returns, as humanitarian organizations have denounced.
The world looks at Melilla between demands for independent investigations of the 37 deaths
The second vice president of the Government, Minister of Labor and coordinator of the ministers of United We Can in the Executive, Yolanda Díaz, asked on Sunday to "clarify now" what happened in the autonomous city and affirmed that she will always bet on a migration policy "respectful of human rights". Through a message on Twitter, Díaz confessed "very shocked" by what happened. “My condolences to the loved ones of all the people who have unjustly lost their lives. No one should die like this, ”she riveted.
Very shocked with the images of the Melilla border. My condolences to the loved ones of all the people who have unjustly lost their lives.
It should be clarified what happened. I will always bet on an immigration policy that respects human rights.
No one should die like this.
– Yolanda Diaz (@Yolanda_Diaz_) June 25, 2022
The Minister of Social Rights and leader of Podemos, Ione Belarra, was also "shocked" by the images of what happened on the border and stressed that respect for human rights "must always guide foreign policy." That is why she summoned the Government of which she is a part to "rethink the migratory model and the externalization of borders."
Shocked seeing the images that arrive from Morocco. My condolences to the families of the deceased. Respect for human rights must always guide our foreign policy. Rethinking the migratory model and the externalization of borders is urgent.
— Ione Belarra (@ionebelarra) June 25, 2022
Izquierda Unida showed, for its part, its "deep rejection and indignation" at the defense of the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, of Moroccan action and already demanded on Saturday an "investigation at the highest level" by the competent authorities of Spain and Morocco "to clarify in all its extremes what happened and prevent situations of such extreme gravity from being repeated." He also considered that "there are no reasons that justify the violation of Human Rights and that the lives of people are put at serious risk, much less to take inhumane immigration policies to their extreme."
Further away was the MEP and leader of Anticapitalistas, Miguel Urbán, who demanded resignations in the Government. On Sunday, in statements to the media after attending the demonstration against the NATO summit, Urbán described what happened on the border as a "massacre" and demanded an investigation so that it does not go unpunished. He charged especially against the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, stating that "he cannot continue being ministers with 40 dead behind his back."
The spokesman for Compromís in the Senate, Carles Mulet, registered this Sunday the request for Sánchez's urgent appearance, "after the seriousness of the massacre" on the Melilla border and the "unacceptable and reprehensible" statements by the chief executive that " applauds” the response of the Moroccan police. According to Mulet “if this highly cynical, savage, and irresponsible response had been made by a president of the PP government, the whole world would be asking for her head. If a massacre like this had happened during a PP government, with at least 37 deaths, the PSOE would be asking for resignations and forceful responses. In addition, Mulet has registered a request for dismissal from the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, and of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska.
The images that arrive from the Moroccan border are horrible. And it is horrible that the government congratulates the Moroccan police. Is this what was bought with the abandonment of the Saharawi people?
– Íñigo Errejón (@ierrejon) June 25, 2022
“The images that arrive from the Moroccan border are horrible. And it is horrible that the government congratulates the Moroccan police. Is this what was bought with the abandonment of the Saharawi people?” asked the leader of Más País, Íñigo Errejón, in a tweet.