Mass arrests in Tangier

MASS ARRESTS IN TANGIER

[Français ci-dessous]

On 9th November, the Boumla – the police – arrested people in the areas of Boukhalef and Medina in Tangier. One person arrested estimated that there were more than 80 people (all from sub-Saharan Africa) being held in the police station – including people with UNHCR papers and valid passports (having stayed in Morocco for less than 3 months).

Women were released in the evening, whilst men were kept overnight. One woman got sick in the police station and had to be taken to hospital, whilst one man was had been injured by the Boumla. The next morning, the Boumla released many people, and deported 18 people to Fez, over 4 hours drive away. Often the police take their phone, documents and any money the person has with them, so that when they are kicked out after a deportation they have none of their belongings with them or means to get back to Tangier.

Arbitrary arrests and deportations are a daily reality for anyone considered to be sub-Saharan by the Boumla, whether they possess the “correct” documents or not.

 

ARRESTATIONS MASSIVE À TANGER

Le 09 Novembre 2016, le Boumla -la police- ont arrêté beaucoup de monde à Boukhalef et dans la Medina de Tanger. Une des personnes arrêtée estime qu’il y avait plus de 80 personnes (tous subsaharien) au commissariat de police, dont des personnes avec des papiers de UNHCR ou/et des passports valides.

Les femmes ont été libérés le soir,les hommes ont été maintenus toute la nuit. Une femmes est tombée malade au commissariat et a été amenée à l’hôpital. Un homme a été blessé par la Boumla. Le lendemain matin beaucoup ont été libérés et 18 personnes ont été déportées à Fez. (4 heures de route). Souvent la police prend possession de leur téléphone, documents et argent qu’ils ont sur eux. Ainsi lors de leur libération après leur déportation ils n’ont plus rien pour essayer de revenir à Tanger.

Ces arrestations et déportations arbitraires par la Boumla sont les réalités du terrain pour toute personne considérée comme subsahariens même si il possède le bon document.

Routine of persecution – The unbearable conditions of sub-Saharan migrants in the north of Morocco

Due to the dramatic situation at the eastern external borders of the EU,the Moroccan-Spanish setting tends to be eclipsed. But West and Central African migrants in the north of Morocco still suffer oppression and racist violence on their way to Europe. Continue reading

November 2015: Boza, push back, Deaths

Non-exhaustive summary

In November several migrant  died  by drowning, when climbing fences, during the police assault or by the Forces Auxiliaires. Migration pressure remains permanently present, despite the repression, the raids, deportations to deter migrant (s) of the northern border of Morocco. The migrant (s) are seeking new ways to reach Europe. These paths become increasingly dangerous, which cause more deaths. Fortunately some (s) still manage to reach their goals. Continue reading

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Destruction à Boukhalef

Après les rafles, les déportations et les assassinats de la premiere semaine d’Octobre, les autorités marocaines continuent de semer la terreur dans les communautés des migrants.
La majorité des  violences étaient jusque-là concentrées sur Cassiago (Ceuta) et Nador (Melilla),mais samedi dernier (10/10/2015) la police a commencé à détruire les campements et les affaires des migrants qui vivent à Tanger.
Suite aux grandses rafles et déportations de juillet dernier, les communautés de migrants qui vivaient dans des maisons squattées se sont retrouvés à la rue. Grace à la force de leur volonté, ces habitants de Tanger se sont construits une vie dans les forêts et les champs aux alentours de Boukhalef, voir la situation ici.
Le samedi 10/10/2015, la police est venue très tôt dans la “forêt camerounaise” à l’entrée de Boukhalef (chez Aswak Assalam, le grand supermarché)), et dans les petites forêts de Sénégalais à coté de l’aéroport. Ils ont détruit les campements, brûlé les dortoirs précaires, arrêté et déporté les gens, et ont rendu la vie des migrants encore plus difficile.
Voilà quelques images et vidéos, prises et filmées par des militants migrants, qui montrent l’étendue des destructions.

 

(en francais, sous-titres en anglais)

 

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Ce qui reste des dortoirs et des bunkers….

 

Et les affaires personnelles, dispersées et détruites.

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Désormais, les inhabitants des ces forêts vont dormir dans la rue, dispersés et sans recours a rien.

Hazards at the borders: Update from the 1/07/2015

Despite a “reinforced” wave of repression, many people try to get to Europe, leaving from Morocco hidden in cars, trying to climb the fences around Ceuta or Melilla, or by boat (in 2015, 71 boats with 1260 migrants have arrived in Andalucia)
These crossing attempts result sometimes in human dramas, severe injuries or “disappearances” which are often not reported by mainstream media or by the authorities. Thus it’s not uncommon that someone alerts us about the disappearing of a migrant while trying to cross. But any further inquieries often remain in vain!
The repression organised by Morocco in cooperation with Spain and financed by the EU extends to the borders by an increasing militarisation, by real raids in the forests where the migrants seek shelter, in the markets (Soukh) and in the cities where migrants live. Continue reading

Seconde mort violente au cours d’un raid de police à Tangers en deux mois : les migrants se lèvent.


Le quatre décembre est un jour dont beaucoup se souviendont ici à Tangers. Un raid de la police dans la région de Doha Boukhalef a causé la mort violente de Cédric, un homme camerounais. Les détails précis concernant sa mort restent obscurs mais son corps portait les traces de blessures à la tête qui lui ont été fatales. Il a été porté sur deux kilomètre de Doha Boukhalef en direction du centre ville dans un manifesation spontanée de la communauté des migrants. Se levant et prenant les rues par centaines, les migrants ont marché pour demander l’arrêt de morts, en portant le corps de Cédric afin que sa ne soit pas ignorée.

Ils ont réussi, et les affrontements entre la police et les maroccains racistes pendant la manifestation ont permis à la ville de réaliser l’horreur de ce qu’il s’était passé et se passe dans leur propre ville.Quand la police des émeutes a bloqué la route, les migrants ont forcé le passage les uns après les autres, et la police les a pourchassé avec des pierres et la foule les a chargé. Plus d’un millier de jeunes hommes marocains se sont rassemblés pour regarder, et quelques groupes ont attaqué la marche avec des pierres à maintes reprise. Les migrants, des passants marocains et un chef de police ont été touchés par ces missiles. Continue reading

Second death from police raids in Tanger in two months, Migrants Rise Up


The 4th of December was a day that will be remembered by many here in Tanger. A police raid in the Doha Boukhalef region caused the violent death of Cédric, a man from Cameroon. Exact details remain unclear but his body bearing fatal head wounds was carried over 2km from Doha Boukhalef in the direction of the city centre in a spontaneous manifestation by the migrant community.

Rising up and taking the streets in their hundreds, migrants marched demanding these deaths stop, carrying his body aloft so as not to let his death be ignored. They succeeded in their goal, and the clashes with police and racist Moroccans during the manifestation ensured that the city paid attention to what evil things had occurred in their own city.

When riot police blocked their path migrants broke through their lines time after time, and had the police on the run with stones and crowd charges. Well over a thousand young Moroccan men gathered to watch and some groups of them attacked the march with stones many times. Migrants, Moroccan bystanders and a chief of police were hit by these missiles.

Migrants made their message loud and clear last night, showing fearless resolve and strength. By the sheer power of their manifestation they forced this issue into the national news ensuring this cannot be kept quiet. Outnumbered and against all odds they stood strong and made their message loud and clear. Continue reading

Tangiers: Migrant house attacked and looted

A migrant house in the area of Houmat Chouk, a poor neighbourhood in the south-east of Tangier, was violently attacked last night, Tuesday 12th November. Two Senegalese men were hurt in the confrontations, during which local Moroccans swarmed and entered the house threatening with knives and other weapons. Continue reading

Death of Senegalese in police raid called ‘accidental’

The Senegalese Consulate in Rabat has backed the Moroccan authorities’ version of the events which led to the death of Moussa Seck, who died during a police raid of a house in Tangier on October 10th.

Migrants in Tangier see a tendency for the Senegalese Consulate to back the Moroccan authorities. This time the decision came despite witness statements that Moussa had been beaten by police before falling from a fourth floor window, and that the exact circumstances of how he came to fall are doubted.

It signals the end of the official response to the 24-year-old’s tragic death. The Moroccan authorities also evaded questioning about why police forces routinely raid the homes of sub-Saharan migrants, operations widely reported as involving violence and theft, and during which four people have died so far this year.

Link: http://www.yabiladi.com/articles/details/20258/deces-senegalais-tanger-consulat-confirme.html

Migrant dies in police raid

On the 10th of October 2013, another regular morning police raid was underway in a migrant house on the outskirts of Tangier. The police broke in through the front door and stormed through the building, waking everybody inside. The residents, being quite accustomed to this kind of treatment, took their time without panic.

Witnesses in the building claim that one resident, Musa Secky, was found in the bathroom washing his face before facing his authoritarian audience outside. The officer that found him told him that he should go downstairs now or he will beat him. Mr Secky replied that he would defend himself if the officer was to try to harm him, so the officer took it upon himself to start beating Mr Secky with his standard issue baton. Within a few seconds the brawl was over and sadly Mr Secky was dead. He had fallen from a fourth floor window and had died instantly. The witnesses had become afraid of the consequences when the fight had started so they began to leave, therefore were not sure exactly what had happened. The police claim that Mr Secky had jumped out of the window in a desperate attempt to escape. The residents on the other hand believe otherwise. Continue reading

Police raids of migrants’ homes in Tangiers

This is a report by a UK No Borders Activist currently in Tangiers on his experience of being at a Sub-saharan African migrants’ house in Tangiers while it was being raided by Moroccan Police, who are funded by the EU. 

Having your door kicked open and police officers come storming into your home early in the morning is not an uncommon thing for a migrant household in Tangier. In fact this can happen at least once every week, so much so that the residents of the house will just leave the doors open most often just so they dont have to keep repairing them. The reason for this is to catch out any migrant that may be in Morocco without papers. If such person were to be found then they would be detained for up to 2 days before being taken to the nearest border, which for Tangier is Oujda, the border town close to Algeria. Continue reading

Moroccan Police Routinely Rape Female-bodied Sub-Saharan Migrants

Today via Skype Ebrima Badamassi in Tangiers reports that a Congolese woman that he knows was raped two months ago by five Moroccan police officers.

The woman was raped while she was being detained and en-route to the desert at Oujda, near the Algerian border. Ebrima report that the police officers who deliver detained migrants to “deport” them to Algeria regularly separate the women from the men.

After having dumped the men in in the desert – which in itself is a massive violation of human rights and international law – the police then tell the women that if they have sex with the officers they will be taken back to Tangiers or the other big cities where they were detained. Continue reading

BBC Interviews No-Border-Activist in Tangier

Ebrima (pronounced “Ibrihim”) Badamassi, a Gambian refugee and one of the founding members of No Borders Morocco, features in this BBC Newsnight report by Paul Mason on the human rights abuses being funded by the EU in Morocco carried out by the Moroccan police against migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa. Continue reading

EU is funding human rights abuses behind the razor wire

ARTICLE BY PAUL MASON of The Guardian

Ibrahim, from Gambia, paddled into what he thought were Spanish waters and phoned the coastguard, demanding to be rescued. They handed him to the Moroccan coastguard and he’s now in Tangier. Amadou, from Cameroon, had tried to scale the border fence into the Spanish enclave of Melilla. “The Moroccan cops beat us with their batons,” he says. He was taken across the border with Algeria, near the city of Oujda 75 miles (120km) away, and dumped there with 35 others. Now back in Morocco, he lives rough, in a forest, reliant on the local mosque for food.

Gathering testimony from these men, and others like them, is not easy. They hide in the slums and forests. They bear the trademark scars I have seen on destitute migrants on all the borders of Europe: scars from racist beatings; scars from scrambling across rubble to escape the police. They have the deep fatigue and torn clothing that come with a life lived mainly under starlight. Continue reading

Demonstration at the Spanish Embassy in Holland

On Thursday 08/08/13 during the No Borders camp in Rotterdam from 3 to 10 August 2013, we held a demonstration outside the Embassy of Spain and the Representation of the Commission of the European Union in The Hague in the Netherlands.

On the one hand this demonstration was organized to protest against the latest events that have occurred at the border fence to  and denounce the eccentric behavior of the Spanish police who have arrested and deported sub-Saharan exiles to Moroccan territory regardless of danger that awaited them. On the other hand the demonstration also denounced cooperation between the European Union and Morocco on border management. Continue reading

5 new songs uploaded to Interzone music!

5 new songs uploaded to Interzone music!

Interzone music is a project in Tangiers that seeks to give migrants a greater voice by helping them make their stories and opinions into songs which are then free to download online. if you care about the situation of migrants in Morocco and want to help publicize it, or if you just like the music, please help to spread it to others