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Spanish opposition urges that footage of deadly Morocco border crossing be revealed



On Wednesday, the main opposition claimed that all footage taken at a mass border crossing by the Spanish Interior Ministry should be made available to parliament. This came a day after a BBC documentary revealed that the ministry had withheld CCTV evidence.

Around 2,000 migrants took part in the attack onthe border crossing of Spain’s North African Enclave and Melilla. Numerous migrants managed to reach Spanish territory.

The aftermath of the crossing was captured by the Moroccan Association for Human Rights. It displayed many bodies , piled together. Spain and Morocco deny excessive force.

BBC Britain broadcast a documentary Tuesday (1 November) that stated that police officers were dragging dead bodies from Spain. Official investigations have revealed that crucial CCTV evidence was withheld by the Interior Ministry of Spain.

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The ministry said that the report contained “very serious allegations” without supporting evidence and reiterated its support for Guardia Civil. The ministry also stated that the police officers acted proportionally.

It stated that “Absolutely no one, not the Guardia Civil or the (Moroccan) Gendarmerie nor Attorney General’s Office nor Ombudsman, Moroccan authorities maintains that the deaths took place on national territory.”

The Melilla catastrophe is now back in the political spotlight, following a damning report from Spain’s ombudsman and a condemning statement made by United Nations human rights experts condemning “excessive use of force” by Spanish and Moroccan law enforcement.


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Popular Party, an opposition party, requested that Interior Minister Fernando Grande Marlaska give evidence before Parliament for the second consecutive time. The footage was also made available to lawmakers.

Cuca Gamarra supported spaniards, saying that foreign media outlets shouldn’t have access to material the ministry holds. She suggested that the ministry should give the footage to parliament so they can review the facts and clarify their responsibility.

Gamarra did not rule out the possibility that Gamarra might request a parliamentary inquiry.

Reuters was informed by the Interior Ministry, that all footage had been submitted to the offices of the public prosecutor and the ombudsman for “their intended recipients”.

Other groups, such as the Basque left-wing party EH-Bildu, which supports the minority government when it passes legislation, also requested a parliament inquiry.

Jon Inarritu, spokesperson from Bildu, stated that legislators should see the footage, and that it doesn’t have be BBC that tells them what happened.

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