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Migrants, police chase and golfers: no, this is not Photoshopped


At the forefront of the photo, two people are busy playing golf. Just behind them, migrants are scaling a giant fence to try to get away from the police. This photo, which was taken in Melilla, a Spanish enclave in Morocco, was posted online Wednesday by the NGO Prodein and quickly started circulating. Many Internet users were convinced it had to be a photomontage. But this photo is indeed real...
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Video: Spanish police beat African migrants at Melilla border


A video has emerged showing police beating up African migrants at the Spanish border. About 200 African migrants who were trying to get into Melilla - a Spanish enclave in northwest Morocco - were reportedly beaten up by Spain’s Guardia Civil (police) on October 15. Read more...
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A young Spaniard fights ‘against fascism’ in Ukraine


Two young Spaniards recently arrived in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region, which is currently the theatre of violent clashes between separatists and government forces. One of them, 27 years-old Rafael Munoz, spoke to FRANCE 24. He told us he wanted to fight against fascism, just like his forefathers did against Spain’s General Franco. Read more...
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'I'm prepared to die to get to Europe': migrant life in Spain's Melilla

 
More and more African migrants are trying to cross into two Spanish enclaves on the coast of Morocco. For them, the enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla represent a golden opportunity to escape the poverty and persecution of their homelands, and reach Europe. Mike – from Ivory Coast – is one of them. He even managed to cross the border in December. Read his personal testimony...
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Erasmus becoming an unaffordable dream for Spain's students

 
Austerity has hit Spanish students particularly hard. The Government’s decision to cut scholarships for participants in the European study abroad program – known as Erasmus – is yet another example. But on social networks, angry students are rising up in rebellion. Read more...
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Spaniards pushed into ‘economic exile’ tell their stories

 
The economic crisis has forced many young Spaniards to emigrate to find work. Three of them – one in Morocco, one in the United Kingdom, a third who is planning on leaving Spain soon – tell us their stories. Read more...

Video casts doubt on Spanish coastguard's collision with migrants' boat

 
In the early hours of December 13, two boats collided off the coast of Lanzarote: one belonged to the Spanish Coast Guard, the other was carrying 25 illegal immigrants from Morocco. One of the immigrants was found drowned, seven others are missing and presumed dead. The authorities claimed a mechanical failure prevented the coast guards’ boat from moving out of the way of the immigrants’ boat. But a surveillance video filmed from a hotel on the coastline has called the official version of events into question. Read more…
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Spanish newspaper publishes fake photo of Hugo Chavez in hospital


The article on the front page of Thursday’s edition of prestigious Spanish newspaper El Pais is titled “Chavez’s secret illness”. Accompanying it is a large photo of a man, lying down, with medical tubes in his mouth. This legend describes the man as Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. Read more...
 
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