- This is an unprecedented and unprecedented situation in the worst moments of the migration crisis in recent years
- Morocco closed the border with the Spanish enclave, although it had not been guarded for several days before that. This prompted the migrants to come to Ceuta
- Hundreds of Moroccan youths have been running around the city for several days. Ceuta residents say ‘things are out of control’
- The crisis comes after a diplomatic row between Madrid and Rabat. The Spanish authorities accepted the treatment of the leader of the independence movement from Western Sahara
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The El Faro de Ceuta website, which reported on the riots, noted that among those trying to enforce a cordon of the Moroccan police, there were mainly young people, and often minors were Moroccans. Several protesters threw stones at police and set fire to piles of tires in their vicinity.
According to the site, young people from the border town of Castilejos are involved in clashes with the police, as are young men from other regions in Morocco who have come to this border city in Morocco.
The following riots began in recent days after Moroccan authorities re-imposed border control with Ceuta on the afternoon of May 19, when a record number of citizens of this North African country arrived, mainly by water, on Monday. Until Wednesday, they had almost complete access to the city.
According to statistics from the Spanish Ministry of the Interior, more than 5,000 were deported to Morocco on Wednesday afternoon. 600 illegal immigrants out of a total of 8,000 immigrant people who have raided Ceuta since Monday. According to the Spanish service, not only minors will be deported. Their group is estimated at 1.5 thousand people.
The migrants arrived in Ceuta because the borders from the Moroccan side were previously uncontrolled. The main reason for this is the Moroccan government’s dissatisfaction with the fact that Brahim Ghali was receiving treatment in Ceuta in April. This is the head of the Polisario. This organization is fighting for the secession of Western Sahara from Morocco and the creation of a separate state from this region.
In 1976, the Polisario Front declared the independence of Western Sahara. So far, about 50 countries around the world have realized this step.
The Polisario Front is fighting for the full independence of Western Sahara, much of which is now controlled by Morocco. The government in Madrid supports holding a referendum on the self-determination of this former Spanish colony.
Źródło: PAP, the Ceuta lighthouse