[The signs read: "I'm Hungry for Freedom"/"I'm Hungry for Equality"]
Versión en inglés:
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
REPRISALS & DEPORTATIONS
At 7.00am today, a disproportionately large police force surrounded and detained the Algerian migrants who were demonstrating in the Plaza de España in Melilla. At first the migrants were transferred to the Comisaría [Police HQ]; they were subsequently taken to the CETI to collect their belongings, after which they were transferred back to the Comisaría.
This decision taken by the new Delegate of the Government displays all the characteristics of a reprisal which should be unthinkable in our democratic rule of law. Consider the fact that only those Algerians who were on hunger strike for three weeks have been detained; none of the Algerians who remained in the CETI with the same conditions and expulsion orders were detained. The operation therefore is a punitive one, and the punishment meted out seems to be the sole motive for carrying out their expulsions. The goal of this deportation carried out in the style of TORQUEMADA is undoubtedly to send out a signal and to ensure the submission of those held in the CETI, who from today onwards are forced to accept their indefinite detention, or summary expulsion as the only alternative. The Government thus continues with the tactics it began in 2005; it uses a humanitarian language that is respectful of people’s rights, and carries out a practice that is the absolute opposite of what it preaches, in a manner that reminds us a great deal of what took place in Spain in the dark years of the HOLY INQUISITION.