The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, stated in an interview this Monday in La Vanguardia who "regrets" the "loss of human lives" in the jump to the Melilla fence last Friday, in which 37 people died, but has insisted that the responsibility lies with "the international mafias that organize the violent attacks". "We regret the loss of human lives, in this case of desperate people who were looking for a better life and who are victims and instruments of mafias and criminals who organize violent actions against our border," Sánchez said in the interview.
The world looks at Melilla between demands for independent investigations of the 37 deaths
For the President of the Government, the "violent assaults" have as "victims" the migrants themselves, the citizens of Melilla and Ceuta and "also the security forces and bodies of Spain and Morocco". “I will never get tired of expressing my support for the Civil Guard and the Police. I also appreciate the work of the Moroccan Gendarmerie. Morocco fights and also suffers from this violence”, he assured.
Regarding the change in Spain's relations with Algeria by the Government's shift in its position on Western Sahara, Sánchez has defended that he had the obligation to resolve the "bilateral crisis with Morocco" and has argued that this country is a "strategic partner" not only "in regard to the control of illegal immigration, as we have just seen in Melilla" but also “in the fight against terrorism”.
“On the issue of Western Sahara, Spain has not moved from the framework of the United Nations. We defend a solution that is only possible with the agreement of the two parties under the tutelage of the UN”, he replied.
In the images broadcast this Saturday, to which elDiario.es has had access, a group of migrants lies on the ground and they are surrounded by the same Moroccan agents who intervened to prevent them from jumping the fence. The people, who are piled up on the ground, badly injured, can hardly move. In other sequences published by the Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH) in Nador, it can be seen how the Moroccan gendarmes beat some people who tried to enter Melilla, despite the fact that they show no resistance and appear to be in a very weak state.
NGOs working on the ground have called for independent investigations by both Morocco and Spain. Through a statement released this Saturday, they condemn "the lack of prompt attention" to the injured migrants, which is attested in the images of men piled up and surrounded by Moroccan forces. In addition to requesting health care for the injured migrants, they demand that the Moroccan authorities "proceed to identify and return the remains of the victims to their families, in collaboration with the migrant communities."
We may have asked for an investigation "immediate and independent" by the EU to clarify what happened and to clarify responsibilities after the "harsh images of violence and serious violations of human rights by the immigration authorities." Vice President Yolanda Díaz has conveyed her “condolences to the loved ones” of those who have died at the border. "It should be clarified what happened. I will always support an immigration policy that respects human rights. No one should die like this."
The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, said during the G7 summit that he fully supports the efforts of Spain and other countries in the front line to protect the borders of the European Union.