CETI, Melilla, 2008
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Thursday, 31 July 2008
NEW ARRESTS IN THE CETI IN MELILLA ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT
At 23:30 on Wednesday night, plainclothes agents from the security forces entered the CETI in Melilla and proceeded to arrest a number of migrants in order for them to be deported. Most of those detained were nationals of Nigeria, and reports indicate that 11 people were arrested.
These sudden identifications and arrests are taking place all over the city, and those housed in the CETI are in a state of panic. At night, a increasing number of people normally housed in the CETI are sleeping in the street for fearing of being detained.
A number of underage minors who are normally housed in the Fuerte Purísima are in the same situation. Each night, a group of 20-30 children escape the centre to flee the custody of the Social Welfare Office (Consejería de Bienestar Social). A group of about the same size is now living indefinitely out on the street. This situation has gone on for a long time, and is a result of the ill-treatment they suffer in the centre, and feeling of hopelessness encouraged by a number of teaching specialists in the centre, who tell the children to “voluntarily” abandon the centre. This situation does not occur in the other centres for minors in Melilla.
On Tuesday night, at least three minors were successful in their objective of reaching Málaga.