Cueta: Moroccan children boycotted in school

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Parents in Juan Morejon school in Spain's North African colonial city of Ceuta organised a protest against the admission of 30 Moroccan children, aged between 13 and 16. El Pais reports that two years ago the school won a prize for the way in which the values of tolerance and cohabitation were promoted in its classrooms. The children were escorted by law enforcement officials and were subjected to a hail of abuse as they tried to make their way towards the school entrance. The president of the parents' association, Lourdes Mateos, explained that "they aren't children like the rest", adding that they "sniff glue, commit crimes and cannot be trusted" and that they are dangerous "not only for the diseases, but for their aggressiveness". Once again, as happened with a group of Roma children in Barakaldo (Basque Country) in May (see Statewatch vol 10 no 3/4) parents' prejudices, hidden behind concern for their children, threaten to exclude children from schools.

El Pais 14.11.00

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