Dec 29 2013
MELILLA: 200 Syrian Muslim refugees ‘demand’ to go to Europe because they fear the Algerian Muslims there
In the North African Spanish territory of Melilla, 200 Syrians have camped out in the Plaza de España, next to the immigration offices, demanding to be transferred to Europe, away from the Algerian asylum seekers who threaten their safety.
IVE The Syrians declare that they would be safer in war-torn Syria than in CETI [‘refugee’ reception centre in Melilla], given that the presence of Algerian Muslims who have managed to terrify the Syrians with robberies, altercations, and rape threats to their daughters and wives while they’re sleeping. According to the Syrians, the Algerians carry long knives. “Where are our rights? I’m better off in my own country,” protests a Syrian named Mohamed.