Confrontations in Boukhalef (Tangier) 24/06/2015

1Last week, a group of racists marched to protest against the presence of Subsaharan migrants in Boukhalef. Migrants and other Moroccans living in Boukhalef together stopped the protest and calmed the situation.

In the night  from 21-22 June 2015, a group of racist Moroccans threatened a migrant house, accusing them of selling alcohol during Ramadan, and forced the migrants to move out of their homes. Continue reading

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Another 22 murders by the fortress Europe? 22/06/2015

Yesterday, the Salvamento Maritimo ended its search for a boat with 22 people who had left from somewhere near AlHoceima. After 2 days of intense search with boat and helicoptres, from Tangier to AlHoceima and Tarifa to Almeria, we fear that the 22 people have lost their lives on sea – another 22 murders by the fortress Europe.

Condolences to the families and rage against the borders.

As a small consolation, a couple of boats have also survived the dangerous journey in the past couple of days.On the 19th, 10 people were saved in the Strait of Gibraltar, and 5 people entered Ceuta by boat.On the 20th, 19 people of North African origin were rescued and brought to Motril, and 19 people of Subsaharian origin bozaed in Almeria. Here are some photos from the rescue:

Yesterday, one person was saved from a floating device, off the coast of Tarifa.

BOZA and welcome to Europe!

The militarisation of the European borders: the daily terror in Morocco

In this period, where thousands of people cross the Mediterranean Sea, the European Union and its member states continue to spend millions of euros to “secure” the borders and to prevent so-called “rogue migrants” from accessing the continent. As recent reports have revealed, the EU ministries and heads of state are planning a military intervention in the Mediterranean in order to destroy the boats of alleged “smugglers” with the help of the dynamic FRONTEX agency.

This war against migrants and lately the war against smugglers, who the EU points to as “responsible” for these tragedies, are part of the agenda of the European Union. The European Commission provides programmes for regional development and protection aimed at North Africa, West Africa and the Horn of Africa. (For a good overview of the EU border regime in Africa, see El Diario Desalambre). Regarding Morocco, the EU has already approved a budget of more than 150 millions euros in the framework of the new EU-Morocco Action Plan. The ensuing regularisation process, which was put forward by the Moroccan government and concerns around 17000 migrants and non-citizens, was accompanied by a massive police presence around the borders of Ceuta and Melilla and by continuous raids in the camps. Continue reading

ANTI-FRONTEX Rabat: un apercu / an overview

Journées d’action contre FRONTEX – Resumé du Maroc

Le jeudi, 21 mai – 10ieme anniversaire de Frontex – des militant(e)s pour la libre circulation se sont rassemblé(e)s à Rabat pour manifester contre la fortresse Europe. Dans le cadre des journées internationales ANTI-FRONTEX (voir l’appel http://migracja.noblogs.org/francais/) nous avons joint les actions ménées par des militant(e)s à Varsovie (Pologne), Londres (Angleterre), Madrid et Barcelone (Espagne). Continue reading

Nador O1/05/2015 : Destruction des camps , Destructions of the camps, Destruccion campos

In the past days, the destruction and state terror campaign in the Nador camps has continued. Since last week, police have been burning personal bunkers and belongings and arrested people in camps in Lakhmis Lakdim, Afrat, Bedoya, and Boringo. Even this morning, Boringo camps were burned, 35 people arrested, apparently nothing is left.

Ces derniers jours, la campagne de destruction et terreur d’état dans les campements de Nador a continué. Depuis la semaine dernière, la police a brûlé des bunkers et des affaires personnelles dans les campements de Lakhmis Lakdim, Afrat, Bedoya et Boringo et ils ont arrêté des gens. Ce matin même, le campement de Boringo a été detruit, 35 personnes arrêtées, il paraît que rien ne reste.

En los últimos días, la campaña de terror y destrucción del Estado en los campos de Nador ha continuado. Desde la semana pasada, la policía ha quemado bunkers y pertenencias personales en los campamentos de Lakhmis Lakdim, Afrat, Bedoya y Boringo et ellos han detenido a muchas personas. Esta mañana, los campamentos en Boringo fueron quemados, 35 personas detenidas, parece que no queda nada.

Stop Deportations: Spain’s human rights violations and the Story of Belleti

In February, some shocking figures were revealed about the number of people Spain has deported in the past years. Since 2010, and in close cooperation with the European border agency FRONTEX, Spain has deported tens of thousands of people in more than 250 international flights1. Many of the flights had destinations in Asia and Latin America, and a big part of the people was also deported to African countries, notably Mali, Senegal and Nigeria. This is outrageous, not only because the millions of euros wasted for inhuman practices but also because many deportations were conducted in so-called macro flights – planes chartered by the Spanish Ministry of the Interior which are arbitrarily filled up with people who are identified as citizens of the country in question.

Some days ago, on the 31st of March, two more of these macro deportations took place, one plane from Madrid to Bamako (Mali), the other from Madrid to Douala (Cameroon). The recent deportations have gained some public attention, thanks to the constant mobilisation of the Tanquem el CIE / NO CIE Campaigns which fight for shutting down the Spanish deportation centers. Continue reading

January and February 2015 at the Moroccan-Spanish border

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The first two months of the year have seen around 300 BOZA, but also several deaths. This is a non-exhaustive list, please add any additional info!

NO BORDERS!!!

JANUARY

01/01/2015 Melilla
Successful passage of more than 50 people.

03/01/2015 Granada
50 Moroccans arriver with an inflatable boat, they are taken to Granada

05/01/2015 Murcie
Two convoys with 21 people coming from Algeria go down, 5 people drown. The others are rescued and taken to Murcia in Spain.

08/01/2015 Tarifa
Rescue of a boat with 36 men, 10 women and a baby at the Tarifa coast Continue reading

Update III on detentions and deportations of Sub-Saharan migrants in Morocco

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As part of the so-called European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), the EU and its member states fund surrounding countries to control their borders and effectively prevent migrants from reaching European territory. As an ‘Advanced Partner’ in the ENP, Morocco is complicit in creating a buffer zone externalising the EU’s inhumane border regime to Northern Africa. To gain advanced status, Morocco signed a so-called ‘Mobility Partnership‘ including readmission negotiations, and receives ‘assistance in implementing the strategy to combat illegal migration’ (EU/Morocco Action Plan, §48) from the EU. The large-scale detention and deportations of Sub-Saharan migrants in Morocco show what this combat looks like in practice. On 9th February 2015, the Moroccan interior ministry announced its plan to completely evacuate the migrant camps in the forests surrounding the Spanish enclaves Ceuta and Melilla. On 10th February, Moroccan authorities started the destruction of camps and arrested over 1000 migrants who had been living in the mountain Gurugu forests (for more detail, see Update I). On 13th February, the raids and arrests continued in several forests around Nador. Most migrants were taken to a camp in Kariat Arekmane for identification procedures and subsequently distributed to different makeshift camps and holding facilities across Morocco (for more detail, see Update II). This is a third update to follow-up on the previous blogposts.

Situation in the forests camps around Melilla

There have been no further large-scale raids and arrests, mainly because there is almost nothing left to destroy and almost no-one left to arrest. Nevertheless, the few remaining  Continue reading

Update II from the ongoing deportations of migrants from the Nador forests

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Map of the new, improvisational detention camps in Morocco

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In the last days, the Moroccan state has continued its deportation campaign at the borders of the European Union, trampling on migrants rights and fundamental human freedoms.

Last Friday, 13th of February, the authorities conducted raids in several forests around Nador, in the course of which they arrested around 200 people who had been living in Baquoya, Afra, Bolingo and other places around Nador. Amongst the detainees who were also brought to the camp in Akariat there were several women (some of them pregnant) and children, and several asylum seekers and document holders. Many tents, blankets, people’s belongings and their food has been burned so that the remaining migrants have been forced to hide in the cold, lacking the most basic necessities. Although people are already rebuilding some of the camps, the fear of more state terror remains high. Furthermore, several people have been imprisoned and are accused of human trafficking – another attempt to blame individual migrants instead of the underlying capitalist state-police-mafia-networks.

Although there have been no raids in any other forests or cities in Morocco, the Moroccan state is now in the process of deporting around 1000 people from the Nador forests, including Gurugu. Even after six days, many of the migrants are being kept in makeshift centres around Southern Morocco, security measures are strict, people’s needs (diet, sleeping arrangements, medical care) are not properly met. Nobody is telling the detainees what will happen to them, and why they are being treated like criminals; the stress and insecurity is increasingly destabilising everybody. Continue reading

Update from the ongoing deportations of migrants from the externalized border of the European Union

On Tuesday, 10th of February, the Moroccan authorities launched a large-scale operation to arrest and deport hundreds of migrants. They tormed the Gurugu mountain, destroying and burning the camp, and arresting around a thousand people who were than brought into a makeshift camp. Their photo, prints and nationalities were recorded. In the course of the day, between 20 and 30 busses left for Southern Morocco and distributed the Gurugu detainees around a dozen different
cities: Errachidia, Goulmina, El Jadida, Safi, Kelaat, Sraghna, Chichaoua, Tiznit, Essaouira, Youssoufia, Agadir. Up until now, most people remained imprisoned in different houses, they are given food and clothing. Although they are being told that they will be freed soon, and that the Moroccan state is only taking their ID in order to regularize them, it seems more like the Gurugu inhabitants will be deported.
Several meetings with different ambassadors have been taking place over the last couple of days, and food, shelter and clothing has been provided before deportations of migrants in the past. It may be difficult to speculate, but if the Moroccan authorities just wanted to to drive people away from the border, they would not bother keeping them
for over 2 days now. Continue reading

CALL OUT FOR SUPPORT AFTER MASSIVE POLICE RAIDS AND DEPORTATIONS IN GURUGU

CALL OUT – Urgent need of funds in order to support the wounded and those being deported after this mornings police raids in Gurugu and Nador

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After this mornings (10.02.15) strike on the outer european border fence of the spanish enclave Melilla (during which 36 people sucessfully managed to enter european territory while around 20 were illegally pushed back through the doors within the fence and handed over to the moroccan auxiliary forces), we recieved news from the migrant camp Gurugu, located in the hills near Beni Enzar, the moroccan border city of Melilla, that a giant police raid in the early morning hours has left most of the camp burnt down to the ground with hundreds of people arrested and at imminent risk of being deported to their home countries.

All this is taking place only one day after the Moroccan home office and the ministry of immigration have announced the complete evacuation of the migrant camps located outside the spanish enclaves Ceuta and Melilla as part of a new partnership agreement between Morocco and the European Union. Continue reading

Transnational Action Day in Tanger in memory of the victims of the Tarajal Tragedy

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This is just the beginning!

Transnational Action Day: Stop the War Against Migrants! On the 6th of February 2015 in Tanger, Morocco, as well as in different european countries, people were gathering to give a sign against the murderous border politics of the EU. conmemoration events take place In London, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Madrid, Barcelona and Tanger to remember the more than 15 people that have been killed by the spanish border police (Guardia Civil) exactly one year ago on the fence. For this reason more than 80 people come together in Tanger to lament the deaths of their comrades, amongst them many migrants who survived the attack of the Guardia Civil. Continue reading

Programme Internationale / International Programme

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6th of February: Sit-in in front of the Spanish consulate in Tanger at 11:00am.

Exhibition of photos and commemoration ceremony at 2:00pm.

Mass of the commemoration at the Catholic Cathedral (the Boulevard) at 5:00pm.

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7th of February: Commemoration at the fences near Fnideq at 3:00pm.

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7th of February: Demonstration from the “Ceti” (Migrants registration Center) to the beach of Tarajal at 4.00pm. #marcha7f

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International Call-out for 6th February action

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Call-out to all affected by the war waged by the European Union against migrants and refugees.

On 6th February 2014, hundreds of migrants were trying, in a collective action, to overcome the border at the Spanish enclave Ceuta, by sea. The Spanish Guardia Civil, in response to the attempt to enter EU territory, fired on the people in the sea with rubber bullets and tear gas. Moroccan police, supported by racist inhabitants, also participated in the deadly hunt.

15 persons were officially reported dead, and yet over 50 were missing! Thousands more have been killed, injured and pushed-back illegally through the Spanish-Moroccan border since.

A year after this murder – in addition to many others that caused the death and disappearance of migrants – we still demand the member states of the European Union to respect the fundamental rights which must be guaranteed for every person in the world, not only for western citizens.

We express our solidarity with all migrants who risk their lives, continuously pushed to take the desert and the sea to get through the brutal security measurements of the fortress europe and their execution by north-African authorities. Continue reading

Weekend of raids, repression, destruction and beatings 10 and 11/01/2015

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The usual violence suffered by those who’s life is on the border became present again this weekend. Police attacked the two forests of Gourougou and Cassiago at the same time.

Cassiago (Fnideq)

On Saturday 10th January Moroccan military police arrived at the Cassiago forest at around 7am. People ran from them to avoid being beaten. 30 people were caught and taken by police vehicles and left in the middle of nowhere, “in bushlands” 7km out of Tétouan, which is 40km to the south of Ceuta. Everyone had no choice but to walk the 7km into Tétouan, after which people got buses to different places.

Much of the camp was destroyed, things being smashed, ripped and burnt systematically. People have been living in incredibly difficult conditions there anyway, but now with new blankets and shelters burnt, the cold nights are going to be colder until more materials can be found or donated by people who try to provide this support.

Again the the next day, ‘Force Auxiliaires’ police went to the Cassiago forest early in the morning, and began to detain more people than the day before, eventually around 90 people. About 15 people were also ‘arrested’ in the town of Cassiago (Fnideq in Arab) and all were taken to the police station in Tetouan, where they numbered over 100, and then they were dispersed by force to the edges of different towns in northern Morocco. Continue reading

As 2014 ends, more migrants overcome the obstacles to arrive in Europe.

Some of the migrants have been living in Morocco for years. They wonder if they will live to see Europe, or if they will die trying.

Many have already been illegally pushed back, as well as being shot at, by Guardia Civil, Spanish police, after arriving within colonial Spanish territory on the African continent: Ceuta and Melilla. There is daily anguish at how hard life can be in Morocco, as the desperate and now cold conditions in forest camps isolate them from Moroccan communities around the Spanish cities. Others live in squats, rented apartments or small camps, in or next to an area, half-built, on the edge of Tanger.

2014 has been an unprecedented year for migration in Morocco. The 2013 migration reforms were said by many to be a sign of Morocco slowly coming to terms with migration changes. Its allying with the EU to increase the hardship of the border regime, now also increasing the numbers of Sub-Saharan migrants stuck in the country. Many migrants, though, have been sceptical, and seen the séjour citizenship as a dangerous option, that not only has a strong suggestion of empty promises, but also the risks of heavy sentences in Moroccan prisons, for either trying again to reach Europe, or for speaking out about cruelty received from agents of the Moroccan state. It is often perceived as an instrument of control, instead of one of support. Continue reading

29 people died on high sea

A boat with 57 people on board, among them 9 children, left Morocco for Spain on Wednesday night. Since Thursday morning the Spanish sea rescue organization Salvamiento Maritima was searching for the boat by boat and plane. They had been alerted by the Watch the Med Alarm Telephone, for whom this was the first distress call from the Western Mediterranean. On Friday midday the 5^th of December, they finally found the boat. A pregnant woman could be brought directly to a hospital by helicopter, but for 29 people any help came too late. Eight of the nine children and 21 adults died due to the cold temperatures and one and a half day on the sea. You find more detailed information in this article (in Spanish). It’s not to imagine how cruel it was for people on theboat while half of the group is dying slowly next to each other.

We want to express our condolence to the families and friends of the victims.

How many more people need to die at these borders before Europe changes it’s deadly border regime?

NO BORDERS! NO MORE DEATHS AT SEA!

Background Infos on Melilla

Melilla is a city in Moroccan territory that belongs to Spain. Historically, it was not more than a military settlement, but in the second half of the XX century the city grew up to become the commercial port it is today. In spite of this evolution, Melilla still maintains a strong connection with the colonial past and furthermore with Spain’s fascist history, as most of the generals who were part of the Coup d’Etat of 1936 passed most of their military lives in the Spanish Moroccan colonies. Proof of that is the high number of monuments and streets dedicated to the Franco Regime, that you can still see today around Melilla.

As is its border, the only existing terrestrial border (apart from Ceuta) between Africa and Europe, often considered an easy point of entrance to the EU. Due to this, the city experiences a strong migratory pressure since the late nineties. Continue reading