MADRID, June 29 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Algerian government has slammed Morocco for its recent comments accusing Algeria of orchestrating last Friday’s attack on the Melilla fence that resulted in the deaths of 23 sub-Saharan Africans, assuring that Rabat “dismissed the stone throws at the neighbor”.
For the Algerian government’s special envoy for Western Sahara and the Maghreb countries, Amar Belani, the people south of the Sahara were “ambushed” and “violently repressed by the security forces” in a “savage repression” and “slaughter”. , according to the Algerian news portal TSA.
“The authorities of this country do not have the courage to accept their own lowliness and are constantly looking for scapegoats to evade their responsibilities,” he said.
“The press release from the Moroccan embassy in Madrid is the perfect illustration” of Rabat’s “flight forward,” Belani argued, referring to the text published Monday, which accused Algeria of its “willful negligence” on the shared border that would have allowed the invasion by “skilled foreign militiamen” in “conflict zones” who are said to have led the attack on the fence.
Belani has particularly criticized Morocco for “marketing” to defend its migration policies and the integration of immigrants into Moroccan society. “You can’t assert your ‘Africanity’ in front of your neighbors in the south and at the same time put on the uniform of a security guard at the European external borders,” emphasized Belani.
The Algerian official has also highlighted the “reinforced and efficient systems” in place on the Algerian-Moroccan border in the face of “regular attempts to import industrial quantities of cannabis from that country (…), a veritable war of aggression in this area” .
At least 23 migrants died as a result of the intervention of Moroccan security forces when more than 2,000 people from sub-Saharan Africa tried to cross the Melilla fence last Friday, according to authorities sources quoted by the official Moroccan press. NGOs warn that the deceased could be many more.
After the clashes, Moroccan security forces handcuffed and piled immobilized migrants on the streets of Chinatown in the city of Nador. Some images and videos were published by the AMDH on social networks and went around the world.