Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Spanish police have uncovered 41 migrants hiding in hazardous waste


Police in the Spanish enclave of Melilla in North Africa discovered migrants who, with the vision of entering Europe, were hiding in dangerous hiding places, including garbage containers. One person was even found unconscious in a plastic bag full of toxic ash, Reuters reported.

The Spanish police said in a statement that they found a total of 41 migrants in the port of Melilla on Friday, some of whom risked their lives by hiding in dangerous places, including an open container with empty glass bottles and shards. The man, who was found unconscious in a bag of ashes from the incinerator, was originally considered dead by a police officer.

Footage of the port, originally published by the AP, shows a man covered in ashes and with a hood on his head trying to defend himself disoriented after regaining consciousness when a police officer opened the bag. “They saved his life. He almost died,” a police spokesman said. “He didn’t even know where he was, and he was startled to see a policeman with a knife, who had to calm him down and make sure he was there to help him,” the spokesman explained.

The migrants were preparing for a seven-hour voyage in terrible conditions to the Iberian Peninsula. The garbage was to travel to the Spanish mainland, where it was to be recycled.

This year, 1,781 migrants have been found in the secure zone of the port of Melilla. Last year it was 11,669 migrants.



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