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Spanish govt attacked over Melilla row

Spanish govt attacked over Melilla row
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The Spanish government has come under fire from the opposition over the handling of a diplomatic dispute with Morocco.

Tensions are running high in Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla. Activists have said they plan a fresh blockade at the border after accusing Spanish police of brutality.

Popular Party Under-Secretary Esteban Gonzales Pons said: ‘‘From what we saw, tension at the border is at its maximum level. We call on the government to do everything possible to avoid any incidents.’‘

Both Rabat and Madrid deny that the latest incidents have anything to do with Morocco’s long-held sovereignty claim on Melilla, despite several protests calling for its patriation.