MASSIVE POLICE RAIDS AND DEPORTATIONS IN GURUGU
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After this mornings (10.02.15) strike on the outer european border fence of the spanish enclave Melilla (during which 36 people sucessfully managed to enter european territory while around 20 were illegally pushed back through the doors within the fence and handed over to the moroccan auxiliary forces), we recieved news from the migrant camp Gurugu, located in the hills near Beni Enzar, the moroccan border city of Melilla, that a giant police raid in the early morning hours has left most of the camp burnt down to the ground with hundreds of people arrested and at imminent risk of being deported to their home countries. All this is taking place only one day after the Moroccan home office and the ministry of immigration have announced the complete evacuation of the migrant camps located outside the spanish enclaves Ceuta and Melilla as part of a new partnership agreement between Morocco and the European Union. According to Caminando Fronteras and other sources around 600 people were arrested and taken to a field by Kariat Arkmane, around 20km outside of Nador. From there we have heard that people are being kept surrounded by police. Their fingerprints and photos are being taken in order to initiate the deportation process. Apparently the moroccan minister has already orderd the diplomats of different embassies to a meeting in order to ask “laisse-passes“, and deport them to their countries. Other sources state the deportations of those arrested to the desert near the Algerian Border in southern Morocco. Events such as the mass deportations to the Algerian-Moroccan desert of 2005 remind us of how lethal these practices are. Among thos arrested in this moment there are many severely injured and in bad condition.
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The fact that this violent attack against migrants on their way to Europe is taking place only 4 days after the one year anniversary of the Tarajal Tragedy, during which the spanish Guardia Civil killed at least 15 people trying to swim into Ceuta, only prooves that the violence and the killing at the outer european border continues. Morocco is left to do the dirty work Spain and the European Union pays them to do: keep people from entering fortress Europe by all means.
STOP THE WAR AGAINST MIGRANTS!
STOP THE VIOLENCE AT THE BORDERS!
SOLIDARITY WITH THE MIGRANTS OF GURUGU AND WHEREVER
FUCK FORTRESS EUROPE