In this photo taken on Friday March 28, 2014, Riot police officers cordon off the area blocking a road as sub-Saharan migrants sit on top of a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
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Activists condemned Tuesday Morocco's "total silence" over warnings about the plight of sub-Saharan migrants, accusing security forces of "barbaric acts" that contradicted the country's new migration policy.Mehdi Alioua, president of migrant support group GADEM, blamed Morocco's auxiliary forces -- a supplementary branch of the security forces -- for betraying the government's new migration policy, announced last year and aimed at dealing more humanely with the growing problem.Alioua said that, despite their disappointment, the NGOs wanted to work "in good faith" with the government to help the migrants.In response to international criticism of its crackdown on migrants, Rabat announced that it would halt deportations to Algeria, and vowed to strengthen procedures for accommodating the estimated 30,000 people residing illegally on its soil.
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