[Minors complain about their footwear.
The Director of Social Welfare claims they want NIKE shoes.]
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Tuesday, 29 July 2008
MASS EXPULSION FROM MELILLA
In the early hours of this morning security forces surrounded Melilla’s CETI in a mass deployment. At least 20 Subsaharan migrants and an unknown number of Algerians (which could be just over 40) were detained. According to early reports the Subsaharan migrants were from various countries, and the only thing linking them in common was that none of them had spent more than six months in the CETI. The Algerian nationals were all single men, most of whom had taken part in the hunger strike a few weeks ago.
Last week all the Algerian families in the CETI were transferred to the peninsula with a guarantee of safe passage.
With this operation the government is aiming once again to gain electoral statistics and to clear out the CETI which was overcrowded as a result of the continuous entries (estimated at about 3 to 6 a day), which continue despite the ‘humanitarian’ fence, the thugs on the other side and the government’s political and psychological propaganda which cover up its illegal practices wreaking havoc on the African continent.
In other news, around 30 children under the custody of Melilla’s Social Welfare Office (Consejería de Bienestar Social de Melilla) have run away from the refuge center for minors called “Fuerte de la Purísima.” These children try every night to escape the custody of the Consejería by climbing aboard boats in Melilla’s port. The youngest of them is 8 years old, and the oldest is 17. Most of them have been in Melilla for over two years, and they argue that they can no longer bear the ill-treatment they suffer and that some of their teachers have told them that they will not ever get their documentation in Melilla and it is better for them to go. The Director of the Social Welfare Office in Melilla continues to make frequent self-congratulatory statements about the low numbers of children currently in the center and asking for more money (yes, even more!) from the government to take care of them.
Furthermore, the Social Welfare Office continues not to accept the recommendations and reminders of legal obligations it has received from the Spanish Public Defender’s Officer, and continues to exercise its custody over the minors in a despotic manner which runs completely against the law as it stands.