The complete videos of the Melilla tragedy in which they died at least 23 immigrants they once again put the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, in trouble. After seeing all the recordings, the deputies have reaffirmed their suspicions and have confirmed again that the events did not take place beyond our borders.
This Friday, nine parliamentary representatives of the Interior Committee have been able to see in the Congress of Deputies the eight hours of recordings about what happened on the fence. Since nine in the morning they have observed the recordings of what happened on June 24 with continuous stops to be able to review them again.
“It cannot be denied that the main facts occurred in Spanish territory”. This is how Jon Iñarritu, from EH Bildu, expressed himself, who has made the Minister of the Interior ugly for having been “little transparent” and “hiding in generalities” until now.
Along the same lines, Ana Vázquez, spokesperson for the PP in the Interior commission, abounded when criticizing the “lies” that Marlaska has held for months. All the forces of the parliamentary arch, with the exception of the PSOE, expressed themselves in the same way, assuring that the corpses were on Spanish soil, where they conclude that a large part of the terrible event took place.
His party and Ciudadanos have defended the actions of the Civil Guard, but they want to wait to hear from the minister next Wednesday before proposing that an investigation commission be held into the facts.
The meeting is attended by Interior spokespersons for all groupsincluding Vox, who gave up traveling to Melilla on November 7.
All the groups analyzed the videos together with Lieutenant Colonel Arturo Ortega, the head of the Melilla Civil Guard command. In all, 75 files were viewed, most of them short snippets captured by a drone.
However, the deputies have revealed to the press that there were three fixed cameras at the border post that unfortunately did not record the most important moments of the avalanche or what happened afterwards.
Enrique Santiago, spokesman for United We Can in the commission, regretted this fact. “There are few images of the Spanish border. Those that exist from fixed points, the vast majority do not see the border post well or you don’t see what is happening. The ones that have served are the aerial ones. There are no images in which this removal of corpses is seen.
In turn, the Ministry of the Interior has made ugly the fact that the deputies did not want to see more than a third of the total of the 8 hours of recordings about what happened in Melilla. “It is an attitude that contrasts with the role of supposed experts who want to transfer later to public opinion, issuing categorical judgments about images that they have given up studying and analyzing in their entirety,” they say from Interior.
The deputies, as they have pointed out, focused on the key moments of June 24, stopping the recording and rewinding if they wished to better appreciate and check the videos.
[Marlaska cede a la presión y mandará al Congreso los vídeos de Melilla que ponen en jaque su versión]
The department headed by Marlaska has also expressed its anger after the accusations by the parliamentarians, who accused the minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska of not wanting to recognize the presence of Moroccan agents on Spanish soil that day.
In statements from Brussels, where he attended the extraordinary meeting of European Home Affairs officials to discuss the migration issue after the ‘Ocean Viking’ crisis, the minister insisted that the security recordings show a “proportional acting” of the Spanish agents in Melilla.
It has also maintained once again that “there were no deaths on national territory.”
On September 21, the head of the Interior already defended that there was a “proportionate performance” at the border And that the tragic events “took place in the sovereign territory of another country”. The new viewing of the material recorded at the border, say the sources consulted, “they deny the version” of Marlaska.
For her part, the Immigration Department Prosecutor, Beatriz Sánchez, has already summoned Lieutenant Colonel Ortega to testify as a witness to clarify some doubts about the episode in question. He will also soon question the pilot and co-pilot of the helicopter who that day were in charge of supervising what happened from the air.
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