The Second Vice President of the Government and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, has asked to "clarify now" what happened in the jump to the Melilla fence and has assured that she will always bet on an immigration policy "respectful of Human Rights".
Díaz has stated, in a publication on his Twitter profile, feeling "very shocked" by the images of the events that occurred last Friday on the border between Spain and Morocco in an attempt to jump the fence by more than 2,000 sub-Saharans which has left at least 23 dead, according to official data, although the NGOs raise the figure to more than 30.
"My condolences to the loved ones of all the people who have unjustly lost their lives," he also expressed in his message. "No one should die like this", she has concluded.
The Minister of Social Rights and leader of Podemos, Ione Belarra, has also been "shocked" by the images of what happened on the border and has stressed that respect for Human Rights "must always guide foreign policy." Thus, she has called for "rethinking the migratory model and the externalization of borders."
The president of Esquerra (ERC), Oriol Junqueras, has requested this Sunday that an investigation be opened into the jump. In a message on social networks, Junqueras indicates that "applauding the action of the Spanish security forces and bodies and the Moroccan police for their actions in Melilla is a matter of concern from the point of view of the defense of human rights" . "That is why - he adds - that this massacre deserves a thorough investigation."
Junqueras alluded to the words of the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, who has twice defended the actions of the Moroccan gendarmerie and has pointed out as "responsible" for what happened on the border with the autonomous community "the mafias that traffic human beings humans".
Precisely the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, has asked the President of the Government to rectify his statements made on Friday in which he defended the actions of the Moroccan gendarmerie: "These words of the president have embarrassed me as a citizen of this State".
In an interview on Rac1, Colau criticized Sánchez for blaming the deaths on "the mafias that traffic in human beings", because he believes that it dehumanizes the victims and because, in his words, managing how people who come to borders is a political issue.
"I am surprised by the coldness, lack of compassion, of empathy having so many fatalities," he lamented, and assured that the victims jumped the fence out of desperation, and that the management of this situation generated images that he describes as shocking, brutal and unbearable.
The Minister of Social Rights, Violant Cervera (Junts), has lamented and condemned the actions during the attempted massive assault to cross the Melilla fence and has branded as "inadmissible" the words of the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, in recognition of the work of the State Security Forces and Bodies (FCSE). "The events in Melilla are very serious and violate all Human Rights. I strongly regret and condemn the actions", she has defended in a tweet, in which she has asked the international community to put a stop to it.
Several NGOs have requested that what happened be investigated and have estimated the fatalities at more than 30, as well as denouncing violence by the Moroccan authorities towards migrants. Different organizations such as Marea Migrante sin Fronteras, Somos Migrantes or the African Federation of Spain, have called for mobilizations in different parts of Spain such as Madrid, Granada, Seville and Zaragoza, to denounce the deaths that occur at the border crossings of Ceuta and Melilla.