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Sábado, Outubro 16, 2021

Protest caravan en route to El Guergarat

Isabel Lourenço
Observadora Internacional e colaboradora de porunsaharalibre.org

A protest caravan with hundreds of Saharawis heads from refugee camps, liberated territories and Mauritania to the illegal El Guergarat breach.

After years of protests by the Polisario Front and the Saharawi population against the illegal breach that Morocco has opened between the occupied and liberated territories in El Guergerat that functions as a corridor for drug trafficking, human trafficking and support for the plunder of Saharawi natural resources,  and without any action by the United Nations, the Saharawi people decided to carry out this caravan.

MINURSO (United Nations Mission for Western Sahara), which must monitor compliance with the ceasefire, in addition to holding the referendum, does not act against this illegal opening as is its duty.

The Saharawi have now decided to hold a mega protest caravan made up of civilian men and women who, along the way to El Guergarat, are delivering letters of protest to MINURSO.

An action that highlights the position of the Saharawi population that has totally lost confidence in a political process and in the international community.

The Saharawi population in the occupied territories has seen in recent months an increase in the brutal repression of Moroccan occupiers and serious reprisals against Saharawi political prisoners in Moroccan prisons.

In the past 12th and 14th of October , the first meetings of this month of the Security Council on Western Sahara were held. On October 24, it must decide on the extension of MINURSO’s mandate.

If there is no drastic change in the position of the Security Council and practical measures are taken to protect the Saharawi population, the closing of the illegal breach and the scheduling of the referendum, the Saharawi are ready to break with the political process after 29 years  of non-violent resistance and an increasing offensive by the Moroccan occupier.

The international community cannot expect that an entire people will continue to fall victim to a slow genocide in silence and with the complicity of the United Nations, which inaction has contributed to the strengthening of the Moroccan illegal occupation and the status quo.



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