At a Spanish Border, a Coordinated Scramble

Carlotta Gall, New York Times, July 24, 2014

More than 1,000 African migrants rushed toward the high fences topped with razor wire. They were met by the Moroccan police, who, with the support of the Spanish military police and a Spanish helicopter, thwarted their plan to scale the fences and enter Europe through this tiny Spanish enclave that clings to northern Morocco.

It was the second mass crossing to fail this week and one of the largest since May, when hundreds of migrants launched themselves at the fences on three separate occasions.

Fence

Worried about a surge in migration, the European Union authorities this year granted Spain 10 million euros, about $13.5 million, to reinforce the fences at Melilla and Ceuta, another Spanish enclave. Spanish officials have now covered them with wire mesh to make them harder to scale, creating an ever more elaborate obstacle course.

The new measures, combined with more aggressive policing on the Moroccan side, have reduced the number of migrants who succeeded in crossing since May, but seem to have done little to deter them from trying.

They attach hooks to their wrists and screws to their shoes for a better grip. Others climb barefoot. And so the game continues.

Once at the fence–actually three fences, two 20 feet high and a middle one that is slightly lower–it is speed that counts, those who have conquered it say. Some jump from one fence to the next, but often make crashing falls. Most of those interviewed said they climbed up and down each to make it over.

“You have to get over in one minute 30,” said Nili Onana, a basketball player from Cameroon, who made it over in a wave on May 28 and was interviewed in a short-stay center for immigrants in Melilla.

He was one of about 2,500 migrants who made it over the fence in the first five months of the year, more than the total for all of last year, according to Capt. Juan Gallego Esteban, who has headed the Spanish Civil Guard border force in Melilla for the last five years.

In interviews, both the migrants and the Spanish Civil Guard acknowledge that the mass actions are now carefully coordinated. The migrants said that before the jumps, they camp on the Moroccan side of the border for months, sometimes years, studying the movements of the Spanish border guards for patterns that might reveal any opening in the defenses.

Among those watching the border were former soldiers, Captain Esteban said. The authorities have also tried to seed the camps with informants who can alert them before the assaults begin. “We can stop them when they come two at a time, but if there are 2,000 at each point we cannot,” Captain Esteban said.

Increasingly, the mass jumps are aided by a talent for organization as well as social media and cellphones, the Spanish police and migrants say. Those who fail bide their time, and try again.

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The largest group in the camp, about 1,500 migrants from Mali, organized a jump on May 1, when more than 1,000 migrants made a two-pronged assault. Another 200 made a jump on May 19. The Cameroonians made the next attempt on May 28, when 2,000 tried to storm the fence, the migrants said.

The man who led them was Renaud Taffou Nyame, known to his followers as the Prophet, a former security guard who said he had made 10 attempts in three years to cross into Europe, finally succeeding on May 28.

He bears a 20-inch scar down his left thigh and calf from a 20-foot fall from the fence onto razor wire in 2011. He cursed the Moroccan guards, who he said beat and spat at him as he lay wounded. The Spanish guards fired rubber bullets on his group crossing into Ceuta by sea in February, he added in an interview at the immigration center in Melilla. At least 15 immigrants died in that attempt, and Spanish officials have halted the use of rubber bullets since.

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One migrant, Francois, who had been trying to cross the fence for three years, said: “We were 700. We were shouting to encourage each other.” Like others, he gave only his first name because of fear of the police. “We don’t know how we climbed, it was by force of nature,” he said.

Some pulled off their shirts, so the police had less to grab. They wrapped clothes over the razor wire, but many emerged badly cut.

Over 50 men were wounded, some with broken bones, in the two jumps, Adil Akid, an activist of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights, said by telephone.

However difficult the journey and the jump, life back home was worse, several migrants said.

“It is anarchy in Cameroon,” said Achile, 37. “A country where there is no hope for young people, a country that kills its youth, not with a knife, but by 32 years of dictatorship.”

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  • Einsatzgrenadier

    “It is anarchy in Cameroon,” said Achile, 37. “A country where there is no hope for young people, a country that kills its youth, not with a knife, but by 32 years of dictatorship.”

    _______________________________________________________

    Why should any sane western government take these people in? Is it because they made a mess of their own countries? If they can’t build stable, functioning societies on their own, what on earth could they possibly contribute to the industrialized societies of the west? Is it cheap labor they want? More consumers? Job creation for the police? Send this racial foreigner home! The most humanitarian thing we can do is send this person back to wherever he came from, armed with a box of condoms.

    • journey

      Condoms! They used them in other creative ways except the intended purpose. More direct, sterilization. Too radical? Well, we can’t keep up.

    • Oil Can Harry

      When they eventuallty take over Europe they can make a movie about these fence crossings called Dawn Of The Planet Of the Blacks.

      • DNA Explains It All

        I can see a future European “history” class taught in some language consisting of profanities and clicks. They will celebrate the “Divine Fence Crashers”, going so far as to me knowing what group and date your ancestors made it through on will be like us tracing our heritage back to the Mayflower.

        • LHathaway

          I can see a post on AmRen saying these photo ops, of desperate ‘hordes’ trying to enter Europe, they are ‘arranged’ in order to promote the white supremacy idea brought about by the pictures and captions. An idea that lulls white Europeans to sleep while most of the coloreds simply fly in.

          • DNA Explains It All

            Yeah, you have a point.

        • hastings88

          They won’t teach anything. They won’t think about history, only the moment they live in.

  • Ed

    Thanks to liberal loony Euros these types of games are possible. Shoot them down with rubber or live bullets. Problem solved.

    • propagandaoftruth

      Worried about a surge in migration, the European Union authorities this year granted Spain 10 million euros, about $13.5 million, to reinforce the fences at Melilla and Ceuta, another Spanish enclave. Spanish officials have now covered them with wire mesh to make them harder to scale, creating an ever more elaborate obstacle course.
      ————————————
      I was thinking throw some crocodiles in there, maybe some crossbow traps, vines to swing on, scorpions, pits with jenkum encrusted stakes… Hey, $13.5 million…

      • Erasmus

        The time may come when Spain decides it’s not worth keeping those little enclaves and gives them up. Moreover, if the Spanish want to stop this behavior, they need to throw back over the fence everyone who breaks in, instead of letting them into Spain.

        When you reward bad behavior, you get more bad behavior.

      • melonhead

        Wait, what? Pitfall for the Atari 2600?

    • Sick of it

      Concrete bunkers and machine guns would put a stop to this rather quickly.

    • Erasmus

      Your solution to this problem may sound cruel, but you are correct. Shooting them down is what they should do.

  • Ngati Pakeha

    Would electrifying the fence be a little too harsh?

    • CalMark

      Not at all. That seems completely reasonable to me. Probably cost-effective too.

      • slash345

        There’s this international agreement for some reason among leaders from tons of countries that these migrants from africa or central america or asia or whatever must be treated as humanely as possible and as a result the migrants are able to slip by a little at a time.

        For the US, several states should leave the union and form a new government that’s not in compliance with these international marxist, and with better control of borders they’d have the ability to use deadly force on any would be migrants. A few deaths would be enough to deter any more migrants and it would cease to be an issue at that point.

        For the EU, the eu should disband so that spain and various other countries are not forced into accepting “asylum seekers” and have more control over how to manage their borders.

    • DNA Explains It All

      Bare minimum mine the area in the middle.

  • ncpride

    My, my how they try SO hard to get to live with evil, racist Whitey.

    • rightrightright

      When they get into our lands they immediately ghettoise themselves. They don’t want to live with Whitey. They just want what Whitey has.

      • Erasmus

        What they want is for whitey to pay for it.

  • Bobbala

    You pay them when they get in and then act surprised when they show up.

    They don’t cross Africa and South/ Central America for the entertainment value.

  • MekongDelta69

    “Africans spend months repeatedly trying to climb the fence into Spanish enclaves in North Africa.”

    This is equivalent to when zips were in the wire.
    We called it… target practice.

    • Pro_Whitey

      Just so we uninitiated have the lingo straight, zips = Charlie = V.C. = Cong, right?

      • MekongDelta69

        + NVA

        • DNA Explains It All

          I am thinking from the vet I knew MOSTLY NVA, well trained and mean as hell. VC were not nearly so feared. Does that sound right to you? (kinda back checkin “war stories” I have heard)

          • MekongDelta69

            Depends on where and when you were in-country.

            NVA = North Vietnamese Army = Regular Army = better ‘trained.’
            VC = Guerilla irregulars = wily as hell.

            ‘Feared’ – Can’t answer that without sounding self-aggrandizing.

            Let’s put it this way:
            If ‘you’ (meaning anybody) weren’t there (meaning combat anywhere, anytime throughout history), then there are no words I can use to explain it.

            If ‘you’ were ‘there,’ then no words are needed.

  • journey

    Israel built a fence along its long border with Egypt. It worked quite well. Also, Israel had mandatory birth control on its black population until delusional fools hollered.

    • Cannot Tell

      They stopped forcibly sterilizing the Ethiopians in Israel? How sad.

      • journey

        Yes. Some time ago.

      • slash345

        Yes, but they took an even better approach though: They outright deported their black population. Better than sterilizing them IMO, cus then you wouldn’t have to look at their ugly faces anymore.

  • Steven Williams

    A simple solution: Spain gives Ceuta and Melilla to Morocco. Morocco has been disputing with Spain for decades. If this really happened, this problem would get solved really quickly. The problem is that Spanish government does not want to lose anymore territory.

    • Bobbala

      … and if that doesn’t work maybe they can appease them with Corsica … or Sicily … or ….

      It’s not the dirt they are after. It is you and your racism that pays so well!

      • Pro_Whitey

        You are right in that they will just start crossing in boats to the Spanish mainland, but it does seems like a worthwhile strategic retreat. I would love to see our troops out of Korea, Japan, Okinawa, and wherever else they are in East and South Asia, and I would like us to give up all our territories, especially Porto Rico. Independence for our territories!

        • DNA Explains It All

          I am with you, build FORTRESS AMERICA and let the rest go to hell. We see you with something threatening us, WE NUKE YOUR ASS. No entanglements, nothing. In the USA we live in peace. Yeah that will mean shedding the Negro and some southern new comers.

    • phorning

      Give is the wrong word to use. I understand not wanting to lose the territory, but how far are they willing to go to defend it? Spanish citizens living in Ceuta and Melilla can’t feel very confident Spain will defend them if this problem gets worse.

    • Long Live Dixie

      Giving up the enclaves would make sense if they would fall back and fortify the border so that not a single other illegal could come through. Since they would not do that, then what’s the point of surrendering the enclaves?

      • DNA Explains It All

        Who will cry for a European when he was seen slicing his own throat?

        • Erasmus

          God willing, we will soon be slicing the throats of our “leaders” who sold us out for their own personal gain.

    • Adolf Verloc

      I never have been able to figure out why the Spanish government wants to hold on to those territories. It’s not as though they have some wonderful natural resources.

      • IstvanIN

        There is the problem of Catalonia and the Basque country. Give up those African enclaves and those two countries would become even bolder about leaving the kingdom. Like a game of dominoes. There would have to be a broader plan to go along with dumping those enclaves, like getting rid of Muslims and Africans in Spain proper and then lower the youth unemployment rate which in Spain is 25-50%. I don’t envy King Filipe.

        • DNA Explains It All

          Why is it that NON-EUROPEAN and NON-ASIAN people are the only major problems in white countries?

          • Einsatzgrenadier

            “Asians” aren’t as violent as blacks or Muslims, but that doesn’t mean they don’t cause major problems in white countries.

          • DNA Explains It All

            Are we talking middle “Asians” or real oriental Asians?

          • Einsatzgrenadier

            I’m talking about all of them, including northeast Asians. They lower wages, raise the cost of housing, steal jobs, leech off taxpayer dollars and ethnically cleanse whites from their own neighborhoods and communities. They’re also ethnocentric and look out for their own kind, like those Chinese freeloaders who were demanding government apologies and reparations for the Chinese head tax.

            Asians are parasites. They’re just here to get what they can from whitey. They don’t belong in white countries.

          • DNA Explains It All

            Ok we have to agree to disagree, I am father to a wonderful and intelligent Thai/Irish son (Thairish). I cannot imagine a world or place where he would not be an asset.

            I do get the absolute purist sentiment too, were I back 10 years knowing and feeling as I do now, my son wouldn’t have been. I warn against miscegenation BUT as an absolute I cannot get my mind there in “some” cases. (I know everyone would want these exceptions in their case, but some leeway for the less guilty “repentant” sinners has to be made)

        • M.

          “There is the problem of Catalonia and the Basque country. Give up those
          African enclaves and those two countries would become even bolder about
          leaving the kingdom.”

          That’s very unlikely to happen because the residents of Ceuta and Melilla, as well as other Spanish territories, are of the same ethnic group as most mainland Spaniards. They have no territorial or ethnical claims at all. Worst-case scenario, they would just go back to the mainland and blend in with their fellow ethnic Spaniards.

          • IstvanIN

            My point was that if the Spanish government were to allow the enclaves to leave the kingdom other areas might become even more aggressive at pressing for independence. I would hope, of course, that Spain would repatriate the Spaniards from the African territories and not abandon them like Britain did with the Rhodesians.

  • Bobbala

    You pay them when they get in and then act surprised when they show up. Do not feed the animals.

    They don’t cross Africa and South/ Central America for the entertainment value. No Fence required

  • rose tascher

    When it was a French colony it was a well run, functioning country. Little crime, a decent infrastructure and decent jobs in the cocoa and other industries.

  • NoMosqueHere

    The French and other Euro socialists love muslim and black invaders. Consider the following recent comments of French President Hollande:

    “Here is the new France, the one which is emerging, the one which is beginning, the one of the future. You the inhabitants, Islamic or not, of the housing projects, you are the future of France, you are the rising generation, the one which will save this country from ruin…”

    • Anglo

      Hollande is a NWO mad man.

    • James Mayer

      He CAN’T have said that?! When, and do you have a source please? I couldn’t find reference to it. And look at what his precious new frenchmen have been doing to the country in the last few days; have you seen the riots going on in Paris?

      • bilderbuster

        Sarkozy said he was going to force multiculturism on France before taking his second Jewish wife.

    • bilderbuster

      Just like Obama and the Neo-Cons tell our Hispanics.

  • kikz2

    ‘xcuze me.. why don’t they just electrify it?

  • David Ashton

    “World War Z”.

    • propagandaoftruth

      Yup, the slavering, shuffling, murderous horde of mindless sub-humans depicted in zombie films ARE a reflection of valid subconscious and repressed fears of black-brown inundation, Virginia…

      They destroy anything they seep into.

  • Ashley Johnson

    It’s happening over there too!?

    • M.

      Constantly.

      • Ashley Johnson

        🙁

  • Ike Eichenberg

    “We can stop them when they come two at a time, but if there are 2,000 at each point we cannot,”

    A belt fed implement or two could.

    • IstvanIN

      The Spanish guards fired rubber bullets and therein lies the problem.

    • DNA Explains It All

      No belt-fed anything would be required. A .22lr semi would have no trouble turning this horde. They are not known for courage under fine, any fire.
      A story told (more than once) by an old Vietnam vet friend of my father clued me in on EXACTLY what to expect. Jim Jones (yeah that was his name) told us about how a “conscientious objector”, one who “happened” to be black and an unarmed medic grabbed HIS RIFLE (M14) and ran off into the brush after they came under fire. Jim “Butch” as we knew him (and that moniker fit him well, he was HUGE) nearly died because of this coward negro who thought he had figured a way out of combat did what he did. I am sure the story of catching up with that bro are true too 🙂 though maybe missing some “final” detail. 😛

  • TruthBeTold

    There are so many variations on how to solve this but the West can’t employ any of them.

  • david dorian

    Start shooting. And offer a reward for success.

    Every citizen should be either assigned time to guard the border or someone in lieu of them.

    IF that person fails, refuses or is derelict of duty in person or by proxy— then any illegals are housed with them until the issue is resolved.

    People will wake up and be accountable fast.

  • TruthBeTold

    “It is anarchy in Cameroon,” said Achile, 37. “A country where there is no hope for young people, a country that kills its youth, not with a knife, but by 32 years of dictatorship.”

    Gee, is black rule worse than White colonial rule?

    • bilderbuster

      Jim Crow benefited both Whites and Blacks.
      Whites would have been much better off if Blacks had been sent home to Africa after the War Between the States but the Blacks were much better off here under Jim Crow then and today staying here.

  • jayvbellis

    Yeah, I saw this one story today in the New York Times along with many other PO third world immigration propaganda stories.

  • Cannot Tell

    They should build an electrical fence.

    • Dave West

      They should! Hearing the bleeding-hearts whine about it would make it all worth the while, keeping Africans out would also be a plus!

  • dd121

    The Spanish better deal with this, or they’ll beee sooorrrrrry.

    • journey

      Actually, those blacks, etc. real destiny is Great Britain (bigger welfare goodies). Spain/Italy are just points of entry for them.

      • dd121

        Maybe whites will find a way forward. Don’t stop believin’.

  • Dave West

    “The Asians are coming!” “The Asians are coming!”

    I don’t know where I heard that saying, but it would be a godsend compared to that Black African horde!

    • HE2

      Please, Dave. As a Californian, I am not prepared to accept the lesser of any of these evil, parasitic hordes.
      Get Asians out of here, too.

  • LHathaway

    “They were met by the Moroccan police, who, with the support of the Spanish military police and a Spanish helicopter”

    Is there nothing that is not, at root cause, the fault of white Europeans? Let’s see how many are allowed to immigrate into Morocco?

  • DNA Explains It All

    Social satire are it’s finest. 🙂

  • IKUredux

    These dumb ass mfers created the society in which they live. The parts of Africa that were “colonized” by Europeans did very well. They enjoyed roads, public works, and fair government. Also, a raise in the standard of living. So, if race is a social construct, success is nothing more than an imaginary state of being. So, Hollywood, I am transracial, I am now Black. Give me a job, you racists.

  • Chris Granzow XI

    “At least 15 immigrants died in that attempt, and Spanish officials have halted the use of rubber bullets since.”
    That sounds more like a reason to continue using rubber bullets than halting.

    • HE2

      [snip] 20 officers were attacked and seriously injured by these immigrants.

      Chris, these African sub-species are NOT immigrants.
      They are invaders, feral ones at that, who cannot wait to arrive in nasty racist White lands to recreate the mess they just fled.

  • Chris Granzow XI

    They should build a fence like this.

  • HE2

    Come on, Spain, you know what to do.
    Now. Do. It. Or suffer the rape, ruination and pillage of your beautiful country.

  • hastings88

    “It is anarchy in Cameroon,” said Achile, 37. “A country where there is
    no hope for young people, a country that kills its youth, not with a
    knife, but by 32 years of dictatorship.”

    No, it’s because people like you live there, Achile.

  • bilderbuster

    One word Spaniards: Electricity!

    • M.

      They don’t even dare use rubber bullets anymore, let alone electricity.

  • slash345

    Thank goodness the migrants are still in africa after jumping over the fence so that they can be easily escorted back to the otherside of the fence.

  • curri

    I don’t know how the two Moroccan enclaves could be worth all the trouble.

  • I recall long ago that as a NATO member Spain had a tendency to position its defenses facing to the South, it was said, because it had a long memory, but that memory doesn’t seem to be that long anymore, at least when it comes to their version of America’s open-borders overlords.

    Spain may not want to be overrun, but its government’s first concern seems to be humanitarian, and that’s when the West loses. It is actually more humane to have a clear show of force against people who are determined to invade. Since most people don’t want to commit suicide, they will stop trying, which in the long run will mean fewer deaths and much less misery for people traveling hundreds of miles, getting robbed, murdered and so on.