24 hours after profiling the independent investigation into the deaths at the Melilla fence that were caused by violent police action, Moncloa now leaves in the hands of the Ombudsman the clarification of the events that occurred last Friday when the an attempted border jump that ended in a massacre. “Morocco and Spain are showing that we want to clarify what happened”, said the Foreign Minister, José Manuel Albares, in an interview on Antena 3 in which he has avoided at all times saying that it was a threat to territorial sovereignty after that Pedro Sánchez spoke of a "massive assault" and that the spokeswoman, Isabel Rodríguez, alluded to the Government's obligation to protect the "integrity" of the country, Ceuta and Melilla.
Morocco strives to hide the remains of the deaths of the Melilla jump
"The Prosecutor's Office is initiating an investigation and the Ombudsman as well," Albares revealed about the admission to processing of complaints filed by social organizations about the massacre before the institution led by Ángel Gabilondo. It is not the first time that the Government leaves complicated matters in the hands of the Ombudsman and they cause him problems with his partners: he did it with the investigation of sexual abuse within the Church to prevent it from being carried out by Congress and also with the espionage scandal.
"I wait to see what comes out of this investigation of those who have the power and the capacity because they have the data of what happened," said the head of Spanish diplomacy, who did not want to comment on the fact that Morocco is trying to hide the remains of the bodies. The Moroccan authorities have ordered the excavation of at least 21 graves to bury, quickly, without prior identification or autopsy of the deceased. Despite this situation, the minister has insisted that the Moroccan Prosecutor's Office has opened an investigation.
"An avalanche of 2,000 people unexpectedly is something very difficult to manage," Albares conceded, assuring that the "complexity of the migratory phenomenon" must be understood when asked if Sánchez's lukewarm initial response was due to a try for Do not disturb the Alaouite kingdom after the recomposition of relations reached just two months ago. “Without the collaboration of the Moroccan security forces, without the extraordinary work of the Spanish forces, it would be impossible to control, defend, that external border of Spain and the EU”, Albares stated.
The head of Spanish diplomacy also did not want to point to the laxity of Algeria, with whom Spain is now going through a major diplomatic crisis due to the turn over the Sahara: "You will not find me on the side of those who attribute responsibilities without knowing what has happened ”. That is, however, Rabat's hypothesis, which hinted this Monday in the face of criticism for the 37 deaths, that Algeria, Morocco's historic rival, is responsible for the tragedy that occurred on Friday at the Melilla fence. The "extreme violence" of the assailants and the strategy of the assault, said the embassy of the Maghreb country in Spain in a statement, "denotes a high sense of organization, a planned progression and a hierarchical structure of seasoned and trained leaders with militia profiles experienced in conflict zones”, something that contrasts with the testimonies of the survivors collected by elDiario.es in Melilla and Nador.