Spain’s PSOE-Podemos regime intensifies deportations of refugees to Morocco
After Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez deploys the army, special forces and thousands of police to the Spanish North African enclave of Ceuta, on the border with Morocco, a savage manhunt for refugees is underway . The Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) -Podemos government assembles and expels thousands of desperate men, women and children after denying them food and medical care.
Spanish security forces are launch migrants in the sea and walking the streets, parks and warehouses in search of migrants who may have escaped. Once found, the migrants are forced into police vans and then taken to detention centers to be deported. A record 5,700 migrants in 24 hours was deported earlier this week as Spanish forces now deport 50 migrants every 2 hours.
The PSOE-Podemos government is acting in flagrant violation of Spanish law, which grants migrants the right to be treated individually, so that they have the opportunity to claim the right to asylum. Summary expulsions, or “hot returns” – a reactionary measure that the PSOE and Podemos had promised to revoke once in power – were legalized by Spain’s Constitutional Court last year. However, even this reactionary law does not allow mass expulsions from Ceuta, but only for migrants captured at the barrier separating Moroccan and Spanish territory.
The PSOE-Podemos government detains and expels refugees, including children, in conditions that constitute a horrific violation of basic human rights. They are working effectively in tandem with the fascist Vox party, whose leader Santiago Abascal visited Ceuta on Wednesday to receive military greetings and stir up anti-immigrant hatred.
A widely circulated video shows a Moroccan boy swimming with empty plastic bottles in Ceuta, saying he would rather die than return to Morocco. He is shown crying as he reaches the beach, only to be taken away by soldiers and thrown back across the border. The young Spanish soldier, speaking the local Arabic dialect, said: “He didn’t want to go back, he had no family in Morocco, he didn’t care about freezing to death; he preferred to die… than to return to Morocco. He added: “I have never heard this from someone so young.”
Hundreds of starving miners continue to roam and sleep in the streets of Ceuta. Others are in a large warehouse, with excessive clutter and broken toilets. Al Jazeera interviewed a 14-year-old boy who fled this warehouse. He said his parents accepted his attempt to enter Spain. “They see that if I come here I can have a future,” the boy, “You see your parents can’t work, the education system is very weak. What can I say? I can’t even tell you what people are eating.
A policeman deployed in Ceuta who spoke with El País on condition of anonymity, reported the horrific conditions endured by the children in the warehouse. “I’m a father too,” he said, noting that many were kept for more than 15 hours without food. “Some were diabetic, I found them to be passed out, literally. I had a few boobies on me, and we had to give them food and water ourselves.
These illegal mass expulsions bear witness to the collapse of democratic rights across Europe. The cruelty with which Madrid tramples on fundamental democratic rights, with the full support of the European Union, is a warning to the working class. Faced with the deepest capitalist crisis since the 1930s and amid millions of preventable deaths from capitalist mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ruling class is quickly turning to dictatorship.
Spain’s barbaric treatment of refugees is a testament to how the fascist Vox party increasingly defines the policy of the PSOE-Podemos government. In December, Vox responded to the arrival of migrants in the Canary Islands by calling on the PSOE-Podemos government to send the military to block the arrival of refugees in makeshift boats. Now, in Ceuta, the PSOE was implementing exactly the policy that Vox had demanded that it implement in the Canary Islands.
Vox leader Santiago Abascal traveled to Ceuta on Wednesday, where he was greeted by his supporters. In an attempt to stir up an atmosphere of murderous hatred towards refugees, Abascal told reporters that “this is not a migration crisis. It is a real invasion of the Spanish national territory of the neighboring country. Many of them are men of military age and we see how Morocco also throws out minors, children and women, used as human rams. “
Abascal then proceeded to the border fence where he encountered soldiers who stood firm to greet him as if he was a senior officer and took selfies. Soldiers were heard saying: “Long live Spain”.
Abascal has called a demonstration in Seville tomorrow to fight against the region’s acceptance of 13 refugee children from Ceuta. He has already threatened to withdraw Vox’s support from the regional government if he proceeds to accept the children.
Its activities are a further warning of the rapid turn of the financial aristocracy towards dictatorship. Eighty-five years since the fascist coup d’état hatched in Spanish Morocco by General Francisco Franco launched the Spanish Civil War in 1936, Abascal, who defends this coup, is hailed by soldiers and police . Abascal also speaks with retired fascist generals who discussed the assassination of “26 million” leftists and their families in a coup amid strikes against the PSOE-Podemos government’s pandemic policy. .
A class divide separates the sympathy for migrants felt by millions of workers from the anti-refugee policies of the PSOE-Podemos government and the European ruling class. The hashtag #GraciasLuna (Thank you, Luna) became a hot topic on Wednesday, after Luna Reyes, a 20-year-old Red Cross volunteer, hugged an exhausted Senegalese moments after arriving on the road. beach. Tens of thousands of people thanked Luna for her humane gesture after Vox supporters targeted her with a torrent of abuse, forcing Luna to delete her social media accounts.
Nothing more disgusting than the simulated support from PSOE-Podemos officials for Luna’s actions. Spain’s Economy Minister Nadia Calviño, busy drafting mass austerity measures against workers, tweeted: “Thank you Luna for representing the best value in our society.” As for Podemos, its de facto leader since the recent retirement of its former secretary general Pablo Iglesias, Deputy Prime Minister Yolanda Díaz, commented: “Much more than a photo. A symbol of hope and solidarity. “
These ministers are responsible for implementing the EU’s politically criminal policy for the European fortress, i.e. sealing the EU’s borders to force desperate migrants to risk their lives to reach Europe. . Tens of thousands of people died on this risky journey. Last year more than 2,000 migrants died trying to reach the Canary Islands. For those who reach the islands, they are interned in concentration camps built by the PSOE-Podemos government.
The barbaric treatment of refugees is an unanswered political indictment, especially against Podemos. This petty-bourgeois party, promoting postmodernism and “populist” politics and rejecting socialism and the working class, was launched in 2014, promising “radical democracy”. After implementing austerity and war and opposing a scientific policy of social distancing during the pandemic, costing more than 100,000 lives in Spain, their savage abuse of helpless refugees in alliance with Vox shows how they have ended up trampling on democracy and elementary decency.