A group of 37 Moroccans gathered in the Town Hall Square in Motril yesterday to ask for accommodation from the Town Hall.
They had been held, after being picked up out to sea, at the immigrant-holding centre in the port for the regulation 72 hours but upon being released, they had nowhere to go.
Sub-Saharans; i.e. Africans from south of the Sahara Desert, receive help from the Government through the NGOs, but Moroccans don’t. Despite this, 75 Moroccans were housed in the Multi-Functional Centre in the Varadero (port area) but there was no room for this last batch.
The Town Hall explained that they simply don’t have the means to attend to their needs, but the left-wing (IU) opposition leader, Daniela Paqué said that they had opened their party offices to the immigrants because, she considers, this is a case of “institutional racism.” She is referring to the fact that Sub-Saharans are given help but Moroccans are not.
She also considers that the governing party should ask the State for help to cater for these immigrants, who have come from the Rif area of Morocco.
“Both Motril and the Central Government are run by the same party – get them to help,” she concluded.
Editorial comment: When is enough, enough? At what point do you simply say – sorry, no more.
(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)