The port of Ceuta was the scene of a brawl between Moroccan migrants.
Rabat – The port of Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in the north of Morocco, witnessed a fight between a large group of Moroccan migrants on June 17. The Spanish news agency EFE reported that 40 people were arrested following an “intense fight.”
El Faro de Ceuta reports “About 60 of them occupied the port of the city to battle while there was only one police officer.”
The newspaper added “The members of the second Moroccan group were waiting for those in the southern region, accused of aggression and stealing.” The brawl escalated to include stone throwing, the destruction of vehicles, and arson on shipping containers. A port worker was reportedly injured in the hand during the fight.
“The situation of port employees can be described in one word: fear.” Stated El Faro de Ceuta.
The Civil Guard were sent early this morning to the port to end the conflict. They were joined by Reserve and Security Groups “RSG” and even the Maritime Service in an attempt to control the escalating dispute.
Thirty-six people were detained for investigation and a further four arrested for involvement in stone throwing and acts of arson.
El Faro de Ceuta pointed out “All arrested persons will be progressively transferred to the national police so that, under the Immigration Act, they are deported, except in the case of detention on behalf of detainees who have committed crimes that will be reported to the courts.”