Borders striate land, dividing, segregating, displacing. As instruments of sovereignty, they are essential to delineating the exception that defines political power. As instruments for fixing the flows of labour, they enable exploitation. For those who refuse both, movement, migration, is an act of resistance, of freedom. And as borders cease to be lines, becoming instead zones and territories of exception, we all become migrants, potential dissidents and deviants of norms of government. The migrants hanging from the fence walls of Melilla and beaten and killed by the police of both sides of the border are the mirror images of our present-future.
Video from Periódismo Humano and José Palazón (23/04/2015) …
The images record the actions of spanish security forces that have become common practice. “The Spanish government has recently approved a legislative change in the Ley de Extranjeria [the foreigner status law] to legalise these practices at the land borders of Ceuta and Melilla, with the objective of giving impunity to the agents’ actions”, states José Palazón, president of the NGO Prodein de Melilla, who for years now have dedicated themselves to documenting human rights violations.
For further information on the Melilla-Morocco border, see the blog Melilla Frontera Sur.