Spain’s Interior Ministry denied wrongdoing Friday after a viral video showing several Spanish agents beating a young African migrant who crossed the border into the city of Melilla.
The video was captured by Spain’s public broadcaster RTVE.
It shows a young man, possibly a minor, slowly climbing down the border fence separating Spain’s African territory from Morocco.
Once the young man gets close to Spanish soil, agents begin striking him with their batons.
The migrant then drops off the fence and seven officers encircle him, simultaneously beating him with their batons.
Once the young man is on the ground, the agents can be seen hitting, kicking, and perhaps even stomping on him.
Spain’s Interior Ministry spokesman said the armed forces “act within a legal framework and with criteria of appropriateness and proportionality.”