Status: 07/02/2022 00:06
23 migrants died a few days ago trying to enter Spanish territory. Recordings of the events caused outrage. Thousands of Spaniards protested against the treatment of migrants in the evening.
Thousands of people demonstrated in several Spanish cities against the death of migrants in the Spanish enclave of Melilla. The protests were held under the motto “Las Vidas Negras Importan” (“Black Lives Count”).
In Madrid, protesters gathered in Callao Square with signs reading “Kill borders” and “No human is illegal”. In Barcelona, participants in the protest action, many of them of African descent, turned against racism and colonialism.
A week ago, according to Moroccan authorities, a massive panic broke out among hundreds of migrants who tried to cross the border fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla. At least 23 people were killed.
Investigations after the outrage
Video footage and photos that surfaced in the days following the death sparked outrage. Human rights organizations and UN Secretary General António Guterres have condemned the events.
In a video released by the Moroccan Association for Human Rights, dozens of young African men could be seen, some lying motionless and bleeding on the ground as Moroccan security forces stood over them. The Spanish public prosecutor’s office has announced an investigation.