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Irene Montero speaks about Melilla a day after her silence after the Council of Ministers and asks for an investigation

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The Minister for Equality, Irene Montero, has spoken about the tragedy recorded last Friday in the latest attempt to jump over the Melilla fence – in which 23 migrants died, according to Moroccan authorities, a number released by NGOs to 37 – and he did so a day after remaining silent at the post-ministerial press conference despite journalists insisting on knowing his position.

This Tuesday, to mark the celebration of an Equal Marriage Act, Montero has returned to appear publicly and has asked that the matter be investigated.

Given the multiple inquiries about his position and the reason he did not comment this Monday — when government spokeswoman Isabel Rodríguez instead answered questions specifically put to the Minister for Equality — Montero has limited himself to making sure the media “always she has “to get her opinion” and to continue working with the coalition government.

“You will always be able to know my opinion,” he stressed several times in response to the numerous questions that journalists had asked him on this subject on Tuesday when he arrived at the event.

In this sense, he has assured that the events on the border between Morocco and Melilla are “intolerable and extremely painful” and called for these events to be clarified “through an independent investigation”.

He also asked to use “the consular services to support the families of the deceased” and to “correctly identify” and “repatriate” the victims. In short, he explained that this was the position of his Podemos party.

Although not making a public appearance, after the Council of Ministers press conference, Montero told journalists that the decision not to speak was made out of respect for the government’s communications sphere. When asked if it was particularly difficult for her not to comment, she said yes.

He also indicated that he can speak clearly on this matter outside this room and stressed that the position of his political space is clear. Finally, he assured that the Purples did not have to wait until Monday to submit their position on the matter to the PSOE and that they are aware of the seriousness of the matter.

Source europapress.es

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