Bozas and new tactics

05/12/2017: Between February 17-20th 2017, over 850 migrants crossed over the six-meter barbed wire fences into Ceuta. More than 1,100 people attempted to cross in January, but the majority were pushed back, as part of the violent practice of “hot deportations” being carried out by the EU. Many were injured during these attempts, but many also succeeded to boza, and now begin to fight another set of racist and repressive tactics enacted by EU states on the other side of the border.

Earlier this month, Morocco threatened the EU with relaxing its border controls, in protest of the decision of the EU to separate trade agreements between Morocco and Western Sahara, touching a very sensitive issue for Morocco. The passage of over 850 migrants in recent days to Europe is a result of these threats, showing how migrants are used as political hostages by Morocco.

The EU is increasing its repressive tactics and pressure on Morocco. People caught by the Guardia Civil were driven back to Morocco with the Moroccan army, arrested, and then put onto buses for forced displacement to cities in the south. One woman living in Tanger said that she had been forcefully deported to south of Casablanca, despite having regularisation documents. In the camps around Nador and in Tanger there have been repeated raids, destructions and arrests throughout the last weeks.

The Moroccan media reports that, as a result of these two collective attempts to boza, the head of the army has visited the area by Ceuta and a large-scale security operation is feared. The Spanish Guardia Civil has asked the Spanish Interior for “reinforcements” of at least 150 more soldiers and riot control equipment. The Minister of the Interior is calling for the use of drones to control the borders of Ceuta and Melilla.

Under the mask of freedom and “human rights”, the EU is increasingly outsourcing its border policing to third countries such as Morocco. This month, the EU agreed to increase training and “aid” to Libyan coast guards, under the pretence of “humanitarian” practices. This week, footage emerged showing Libyan coast guard officials beating and whipping rescued migrants with plastic pipes.

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