Spain builds own Berlin Wall to stop immigrants

22nd September 2005, Comments 0 comments

22 September 2005, MELILLA — Spain announces it is to make its frontier fence with Morocco as high as the Berlin Wall after 12 men are badly injured trying to get across existing fences into Melilla.

22 September 2005

MELILLA — Spain announces it is to make its frontier fence with Morocco as high as the Berlin Wall after 12 men are badly injured trying to get across existing fences into Melilla.

In all 70 tried to break through the three metre-high fences which are topped with row upon row of barbed wire.

Twelve suffered broken bones, cuts and other injuries and were being treated in hospital.

One man was captured by TV cameras hanging from the barbed wire in apparent pain.

The latest assault came as Spain announced it is to make the frontier fences higher.

They will be the same height as the Berlin Wall.

Between 28 August and 15 September, three would-be immigrants have died trying to get from Morocco into Spain's north African enclave, Melilla.

The last person to die was found at the frontier fence on 15 September after riot police fought off the latest wave of immigrants who try every night to get through.

Before that, another man died on 12 September.

And on 28 August, Joseph Abunaw, a 17-year-old from Cameroon, died in controversial circumstances after another mass wave of illegal immigrants stormed the fences.

The Guardia Civil was accused by non-governmental groups and eye-witnesses of causing Abunaw's death.

But the Guardia Civil denied the allegation.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news


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