Moroccan Forces Raid Protest Camp in Western Sahara
Thousands of people demonstrated in Madrid on Saturday against Morocco’s recent crackdown in Western Sahara. Moroccan security forces last week raided a camp where some 20,000 Sahrawis had been staging a massive protest against the Moroccan occupation.
Program on TV with Stephen Zunes and Human rights Watch director of emergencies speaking from Western Sahara:
“Monday 8 November 2010 started with a shattering irony. In the Freedom Camp the blood of the Saharawi people was spilled as the United Nations US Envoy Christopher Ross was preparing to facilitate informal talks between the representatives of the Kingdom of Morocco and the Polisario Front……
ANC letter >>
Moroccan army killing Saharawis in the occupied territories of Western Sahara amidst a strange international silence
The articles below do not report about hundreds peoples injured or killed after the Moroccan attack of 8 November, an attack that is still on-going according to reports by Saharawis activists under siege.
Press Release , 11 November 2010
“The Moroccan authorities must open an independent investigation into events that led to a number of deaths and injuries at Gadaym Izik, a protest camp near Laayoune, Western Sahara,” Amnesty International said today.
The government says nine people were killed during Monday’s operation and in its aftermath, including eight members of the security forces. Local human rights activists have told Amnesty International that 11 camp residents were seen lying injured on the ground, some of whom were bleeding while others had been burnt.
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For Immediate Release: November 5, 2010
American NGOs, Human Rights Activists Call on Obama to Protect Sahrawis in Western Sahara
(Washington, D.C.)…Representatives of American non-governmental organizations and human rights activists sent a letter today to President Barack Obama requesting his immediate help to protect the lives of the Sahrawis in Moroccan-Occupied Western Sahara. Protesting their treatment as second class citizens in their own homeland, the Sahrawis have left the city of El Aaiun to set up a tent camp.
Australia Western Sahara Association
For immediate release – Tuesday 9 November 2010
Moroccan forces destroy protest camp in Western Sahara – at least three dead.
AWSA calls for end to the violence and respect for rights of the Saharawi people
The Australia Western Sahara Association condemns the attack at the protest camp of Gdeim Izik, near El Aauin, the capital of occupied Western Sahara at dawn on Monday 8 November.
Brisbane Times, November 3, 2010 – 5:38AMAndrew Darby, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald Hobart correspondent writes:
“Every now and then we discover all is not as right with the world as we thought it was. Even so, who would think a wake-up call could come in the shape of phosphatic rock?
Recently, a harmless enough bulk carrier called the Christine O steamed up the Derwent to unload in Hobart.
It was a surprise to be told that its phosphatic rock cargo came not from the “usual” island sources close to Australia. It came all the way around Africa from the Atlantic coast of the Western Sahara……
“Every now and then we discover all is not as right with the world as we thought it was. Even so, who would think a wake-up call could come in the shape of phosphatic rock?Recently, a harmless enough bulk carrier called the Christine O steamed up the Derwent to unload in Hobart.It was a surprise to be told that its phosphatic rock cargo came not from the “usual” island sources close to Australia. It came all the way around Africa from the Atlantic coast of the Western Sahara……Read the Brisbane Times article >>