Spain: drones on Melilla border instead of razor wire, PSOE

To prevent migrants from injury; greater use of technology

28 November, 16:45

    (ANSAmed)- MADRID, NOVEMBER 28 - Spain's socialist PSOE made a parliamentary proposal Thursday to put drones instead of razor wire along the border between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla. The measure would be to prevent ''mutilations and serious injury'' to the migrants trying to get over the barrier.

    The proposal was made in response to conservative PM Mariano Rajoy's statement that the government was prepared to remove the polemical razor wire along the triple separation barrier along the border, if ''equally effective'' means could limit migrant crossings. The motion signed by the spokesperson for the socialist group in the lower house, Soraya Rodriguez, suggests bolstering the ''intelligent border'' by raising the use of ''surveillance technology along the border through the use of remote-controlled aircraft'', as well as the installation of radar at strategic points, and movement sensors and high-intensity acoustic and light alarms along the entire perimeter. The 'intelligent border' would entail a change in customs facilities to separate access for vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and people. The socialists would also like to raise the number of security forces stationed along land borders and that of boats for sea patrols, especially ones used by the special submarine unit, as well as strengthen cooperation with Morocco in the struggle against clandestine immigration and broaden the EU's collaboration with countries from which migrants come and through which they transit. (ANSAmed).

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