The far-right Spanish party VOX, was inflicted with a real snub during a proposal for a motion aimed at economically sanctioning Morocco, Mauritania and Algeria at European level for not having “protected” the Spanish borders.
Spain’s ultra-nationalist party found itself alone against the entire Senate, which rose up against its motion to sanction the three North African countries, supposedly for not having protected Spain’s borders from the influx of immigrants.
The motion included other aberrations and amalgams that make a direct racist and Islamophobic link between illegal immigration and jihadism, considering that migrants would be religious extremists who could affect Spain’s “national security”.
No support was given to this draft motion by the Spanish senators, not only because it is disconnected from reality, is contrary to international law, but also goes against the new Morocco-Spain relationship and the commitments to transparency and cooperation in all areas made by the two countries just a few weeks ago.
The text presented to elected officials asked the European institutions “to impose economic sanctions on Morocco, Algeria and Mauritania” for migrants arriving in Spain, and to “denounce before international organizations the aggression suffered by the ‘Spain by the States of North Africa, by not controlling the irregular traffic of people directed towards the Spanish coasts’.
Thus, he also proposed to “block the visas of nationals of Algeria, Morocco and Mauritania until these countries do not readmit the illegal immigrants who have violated our borders in a massive way”.
The VOX senator from Murcia, José Manuel Marin, who was in charge of defending the motion, tried to justify this proposal by considering that when a country sees its right violated by the other, “it can resort to countermeasures to protect its sovereignty and repair the damage caused”, according to international law, and the United Nations International Law Commission.
The text also considers that illegal immigration should be considered a matter of “national security” in Spain, under Articles 23 and 24 of the National Security Law.
“If we add the variable of terrorism camouflaged in said immigration, the cocktail that occurs is critical for any nation,” said José Manuel Marin.
The text received only one vote in its favour, that of Vox, one abstention from Cuiadanos, but above all 26 rejections, including that of the People’s Party (PP) linked to Vox by the same anti-immigration theses.