In response to criticism from some European voices, Morocco denied having used this expedient for political reasons, stressing that European financial support is “less than what Morocco wants”.
Wali Khaled Al-Zarawali, Director of Immigration and Border Control at the Interior Ministry, denied in an interview with the agency.everybodyThe Spaniard assured that Morocco had used the immigration file for political purposes, commenting on the events of the assault by thousands of immigrants on the occupied city of Ceuta months ago, adding that “Morocco is a responsible country, and has always shown its will in all regional and international spheres to exchange their experiences with friendly countries”. Adding that the country “does not take advantage of anything for political reasons” and accusing it of doing so is “unfounded”.
Regarding the criticisms made about the police work on June 24, during the assault of nearly 2,000 immigrants, most of them Sudanese, on the occupied fence of Melilla, in an accident in which more than twenty of them died, Zerouali defended the Moroccan forces and said that they acted “according to the rules”, and said in this context that “in every event there are lessons to learn and sometimes things to improve. But on that day, the security forces acted in accordance with the doctrine of maintaining order, even though they were dealing with experienced people from military training and with people who participated in flashpoints. And they weren’t immigrants like the ones we’re used to seeing.”
Zerouali said that the border fence assault incidents were a “new phenomenon” in terms of their size and the “level of violence” of the migrants who entered Moroccan territory after crossing Libya and Algeria, and said that “what happened in Melilla shows that Migratory flows from Algeria to Morocco are here. If there is no sincere and goodwill cooperation between neighbors, we cannot stop these flows.”