Target: Abdelilah Benkirane, Moroccan Prime Minister
Goal: Demand an end to the violent and abusive raids on migrants in Morocco
In Morocco, over 1,000 migrants are desperate to cross the border fence that separates Morocco from Spain. The migrants have linked their efforts in order to rush the razor wire fence. As they wait to rush the fence, they live in makeshift camps. Most recently, Moroccan authorities have raided these camps with extreme violence.
The first raid happened as the migrants were asleep. The Moroccan authorities demolished nearly everything in sight. They beat migrants with batons, destroyed tents and burned what little food and clothing the migrants had. The authorities are becoming increasingly violent with each raid. As the destruction of the camp continues, many migrants are in danger of being seriously injured. Mamadou, a migrant from Mali, witnessed the Moroccan authorities breaking his friend’s arm during one of the raids.
Although Spain and Morocco have the right to secure their borders, they should not be allowed to treat migrants with such excessive force. Instead of focusing on keeping the migrants out of Spain, the Moroccan government should be taking action against any civil officer who uses excessive force to abuse migrants. Sign this petition and demand an end to this violence against migrants in Morocco.
Dear Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane,
I understand that there are many migrants in your country who are trying desperately to cross your border into Spain. However, I have noticed that many of these migrants are being met with extreme violence. The makeshift camp created by the migrants has seen numerous raids by Moroccan authorities, resulting in physical abuse and the destruction of everything in sight, such as tents, food, and clothing.
The authorities are becoming increasingly violent with every raid. Many migrants are in danger of serious injury as the authorities use batons to beat them down. Although Spain and Morocco each have the right to secure and protect their borders, I believe that the authorities raiding the migrant camps should not be allowed to use excessive force to abuse migrants.
These migrants barely have anything except the hope for opportunities in a new country, and permitting authorities to destroy what little they do have is devastating. I understand that you need to secure your country’s borders, but the civil officers raiding the makeshift migrant camp should not be allowed to use excessive force to abuse migrants any longer. I implore you to take action to end the extreme violence against migrants.
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