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Rabat - A Senegalese immigrant fell to his death in Tangiers after Moroccan police raided his fourth-floor apartment and beat him, a witness said Friday, as the authorities called the fall “accidental.”
Moussa Seck jumped to the ground early on Thursday after police broke into the flat where he and seven others lived, shouting racist abuse and beating him, said his Guinean flatmate Mamadou Alpha Vary.
Seck died in hospital shortly afterwards, according to Moroccan NGO Gadem, which campaigns for the rights of immigrants and which filmed Vary's statement.
The young Guinean said the police failed to call an ambulance after the raid, leaving him and his friends to do so.
“We are people. Even if we are illegal, even if we entered Morocco with (false) passports, a visa problem should not mean that we are treated like animals,” he said.
The interior ministry was not reachable for comment.
But official media cited the authorities in Tangiers as saying the victim died in hospital of internal haemorrhaging caused by the fall, which they said was accidental, making no mention of a police raid.
The incident comes amid rising fears among the estimated 20 000 sub-Saharans residing in Morocco of racist violence, including by the authorities, and two months after another Senegalese man was stabbed to death in the capital.
Moroccan security forces have come under fire in particular for allegedly maltreating hundreds of illegal migrants camped out in the woods near Spain's North African enclave of Melilla, and deporting them to the Algerian border.
Rabat announced a new immigration policy last month, pledging to individually review cases according to specific criteria, after King Mohamed VI voiced concerns about the treatment of sub-Saharan Africans in the country.