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Catalan Referendum Prompts Escape Of 50 Algerian “Harraga” From Madrid’s Center

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On Sunday night, 50 Algerian harraga or illegal migrants reportedly escaped from the Alucci gathering center on the outskirts of the Spanish capital of Madrid.

 According to the Spanish newspaper "AP", quoting sources from the Spanish National Police, the escape operation is the largest of its kind in the history of this center, where 86 illegal immigrants of Algerian nationality succeeded in breaking out from the center at night.

It seems that the “Harraga” exploited the serious concern of the Spanish security authorities about the controversial independence referendum in the territory of Catalonia, to organize the mass escape, where the newspaper reported that only two police officers were assigned to guard and secure the center on that night.

According to the same source, the two policemen were subjected to varying wounds, as the “Harraga” managed to break down the main door and to flee from the area, pointing out that 26 of the escapees were later rounded up in the streets of the city.

In addition to the poor security apparatus in force inside the illegal migrants’ reception center, with on guard only two policemen on duty, the inmates suffered a terrible overcrowding, according to a statement issued by the Union of Spanish Police (UFP) a few days ago.

As a recall, the same center had witnessed a collective escape last month by many “Harraga” hailing from Algeria, Morocco and Latin America.