No to immigrants detention centre

A Spanish immigrants’ detention centre.

MALAGA Council intends to tell the Spanish Home Office what to do with its planned immigrants’ detention centre.

In what would appear to be an act of defiance of the national government city mayor Francisco de la Torre has allowed a motion to be prepared for the council’s February plenary session rejecting any type of building or public installation being built or opened in Malaga aimed at depriving immigrants of their freedom.

The proposal was unanimously approved by the Social Rights Committee, which specified that these centres would not be accepted, whether they were called foreigners’ internment centres, foreigners’ controlled stay centres, temporary stay centres or any other name that could be thought up for them.

Although the government has had plans to build and open a new internment centre for immigrants since a centre in the Capuchinos area of the city was closed in 2012, the council intends to express its opposition to the centres themselves and especially the return of one to the city.

The motion, which will be defended by Social Rights councillor, Francisco Pomares, states that the former Capuchinos centre provoked complaints from many institutions, including the council itself, due to its lack of respect for human rights and poor conditions.

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