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PUSL.- The EU Commissioner for the Interior, Ylva Johansson, has expressed her concern about the assault on the Melilla fence last Friday, which has resulted in 37 deaths, and has defended the need to respond harshly to this type of offensive against to an international border. The forceful response from the EU contrasts with the silence of the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, who has defended the actions of the Moroccan Gendarmerie in the attempted jump over the fence, avoiding any criticism of Morocco.

For the head of the EU, Ylva Johansson, “the events at the Melilla border are deeply worrying. First and foremost, because of the loss of human life. Second, because of the violent assault, by force, on an international border that cannot be consented to,” Johansson pointed out.

Twitter account of Ylva Johansson

The events at Melilla border crossing are deeply troubling.
First and foremost, in the loss of life.
Secondly, forced, and violent, crossing of an international border can never be condoned.
This tragedy underlines why we need safe, realistic, long-term pathways that minimise desperate and doomed journeys.