Thursday, 29 May 2014

400 migrants break through border fence in Spains African enclave Melilla | World news | theguardian.com

400 migrants break through border fence in Spains African enclave Melilla | World news | theguardian.com



More than 1,000 sub-Saharan migrants rushed the six-metre razor-wire fence that marks the border of Spain's North African enclave of Melilla early on Wednesday morning, with some 400 managing to make it over the towering fence, yelling with joy as they touched Spanish soil.

"There were waves [of people], they were quite difficult to stop," Juan José Imbroda, the mayor of Melilla, said in a radio interview. Despite efforts by Moroccan and Spanish police to push back the migrants, he said the pressure was so great that "a chunk of the exterior fence gave way".

On entering Melilla, the jubilant migrants kissed the ground and congratulated each other on making it to Europe. Many of them had spent years travelling across north and sub-Saharan Africa followed by months of living in rough, makeshift campgrounds on the Moroccan side of the border, waiting for an opportune moment to rush the frontier...
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