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“They Are Not Criminals!”

On January 10, 2018

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ADHRRF – On January 9, 2018, when people are still soaked in New Year spirit in Spain, the Andalusian Human Rights Association, which consists of 23 groups, organized an activity named “Emergency Mass Rally” at Plaza Nueva in Seville for immigrants who died in prison. A statement was issued: These people did not commit any crime; this is repressive and inhumane! They are not criminals! They risked their lives crossing the Mediterranean in order to escape poverty and war.

It is reported that at the end of last year, at the Archidona prison in Malaga, Mohamed Bouderbala, a 36-year-old Algerian man who was about to be repatriated, was found hanged in jail, and so far the cause of death is still unknown. The incident occurred at a time when protestation against the government’s repatriation of Algerian refugees is happening inside and outside of Spain. The “prison incident” has aroused great concern of the whole society. According to some media reports, there have been many illegal acts happening in the Archidona prison.

The organizer blamed the officials of the Ministry of the Interior for the death incident in the Archidona prison: “As immigrants, they did nothing illegal but just wanted to search for a better life. However, they were detained as prisoners. We did not see any senior officials end their holidays and conduct necessary investigations into this incident.”

The Spanish Migration Network and the Association for Assistance to Refugees asked the Minister of Interior, Juan Ignacio Zoido, to explain publicly, take the responsibility for the incident and resign immediately.

Finally, the organizer stated once again: “Mohamed Bouderbala did not commit a suicide; he was killed. None is illegal; the immigrants and the Andalusians are of the same social class, because we are all descendants of the immigrants.”

The site of event at Plaza Nueva in Seville. (Photo: Qin Shang)

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