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When will they send the Africans back?

Hundreds of African Migrants Rampage Through Streets After Storming Spanish Border

Calm seas, desperate migrants and ruthless human traffickers all played a role in a record-breaking 7000 Africans being rescued during Easter weekend 2017 as invasion heats up, though that number will surely grow as a steady stream of rubber dinghies and rickety wooden fishing vessels were still being spotted off the coast of Libya. But even as the rescue vessels race against time to save lives, another battle is brewing with accusations from the European Union’s border control agency Frontex against nongovernmental organizations like Doctors Without Borders and the Mobile Offshore Aid Station, or MOAS, that run so-called charity rescue ships. Frontex says the charity rescue vessels create a pull factor for migrants and traffickers; the NGOs say they are out there in the absence of an EU strategy to save lives at sea and a lack of initiative to provide a safe corridor option for migration and asylum.

But trouble is brewing and will soon be out of hand.

Hundreds of African migrants have stormed the Spanish-Moroccan border, injuring guards and pouring into the streets of Melilla.

The city, which has belonged to Spain since 1497, is one of two centuries-old settlements on the North African coast which belong to the European country. Their frontiers with Morocco represent the European Union’s only land borders with an African nation.

In the early hours of 9 May an estimated 300 illegal migrants, who travelled to Morocco with Europe as their ultimate objective, launched a sustained assault on Melilla’s boundary fences. The Spanish interior ministry reports that three guards were hospitalised after the intruders bombarded them with missiles.

Around a hundred migrants broke through the city’s defences successfully, rampaging through the streets and turning cartwheels in celebration. They could not be immediately ejected due to EU rules which require the authorities to let them lodge asylum applications on reaching Spanish soil.

Melilla’s sister city, Ceuta, has also suffered from large-scale assaults in recent months. Five hundred migrants broke through its fences on 18 February, followed swiftly by another 300 on the 20th.

These incidents were preceded by an even larger incursion in January which saw over a thousand migrants launch an “extremely violent and organised” attack which injured 55 border guards. One is reported to have lost an eye.

Border violations at the two exclaves had already tripled on 2016 by February, with Moroccan agriculture minister and billionaire oil and gas tycoon Aziz Akhannouch indicating that the North African dictatorship would relax its efforts to stem the flow of migrants if the EU refused to give way to on issues related to farming, fishing, and the long-standing illegal occupation of Western Sahara.

“How do you expect us to do the work of blocking African and even Moroccan emigration if Europe doesn’t want to work with us?” he asked. “Why should we continue acting as police and giving [migrants] work?”

In fact, the EU does pay Morocco an unspecified sum, reported to be in the tens of millions of euros, to police its borders. Charities have accused the Moroccan authorities of using “abuse, degrading treatment and violence” – including sexual violence – to do so.

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  • TommyGun 20/05/2017, 5:03 am

    Weakness and spinelessness lead to destruction….of Europe.
    The only ones rejoicing will be Soros and his cadre of Banksters, one of the youngest of which has just gained the Presidency of France.

  • Penguinte 20/05/2017, 6:39 am

    Where diplomacy fails bullets won’t. Unfortunately, this is the next and last option other than capitulation.

    • Spinbuster 20/05/2017, 8:43 am

      I was on a seismic boat once off the coast of Malaysia, I think, ..somewhere around there, and we came alongside a very overcrowded Vietnamese refugee boat. The story from the skipper goes that the the Asian client said we should have shot them had we belonged to the grey funnel line.
      The skipper gave them the spare sestrel compass and all the older canned food. ..and that was it.
      We sailed on to the prospect. I wonder if they made it to Australia?

      Nothing will happen in Spain of course, they had a caliphate in the past, they will have one in the future. It is pretty obvious that most European countries have grown accustomed to occupation and conquest ..it is now a part of their culture. The French obviously love it and a united Germany is learning how to love it as well. Olde Frederick would be so proud. The poms obviously started to embrace the lifestyle properly after 1066.
      Australia is embracing occupation as well and will have sections as caliphates one day, the way we are going.
      If we don’t change tack and soon, it is a mathematical breeding certainty.
      Yes, it is certainly the right time to be in the “dying zone.” Would be nice to cark it before all turns completely to crud and my next door neighbour does not speaks English.

  • Honeybadger 20/05/2017, 8:28 am

    The EU rules which allow those who reach Spanish soil to apply for asylum have to be ditched, pronto. Bit of an obvious no brainer really, if you don’t understand you will be overrun by violent cretins.

  • Lorraine 20/05/2017, 9:55 am

    Borders and the UN , Trump is attending a NATO gabfest, will he push for his wall

    • Joe Blogs 20/05/2017, 10:47 am

      The UN’s DEMANDING that the UK take 10k MORE reffos / annum.

  • Greg 20/05/2017, 3:11 pm

    What is amazing here is the difference between mistakes and stupidity. Ok, politicians make mistakes because a lot of politicians do not have the ability to make tough decisions. But when the mistake threatens your society – and you still don’t do anything – stupidity and gross dereliction of duty are the result. The problem will not go away, and Europe must decide on taking a stand or see itself destroyed. Look at Germany, Sweden and other countries – it’s all there to see.