PUSL.- Friday 28 of June the Moroccan authorities stormed the mosque in El Aaiun, occupied Western Sahara, to prevent the Saharawi population to attend the funeral praying of Said Uld Lili.
Said Lili, was a known Saharawi rapper known as FLITOX, his songs advocated for the independence of Western Sahara and he featured in a documentary on the reality of the illegal occupation of Western Sahara by Morocco.
Said Lili died on Sunday, June 23, in an attempt to emigrate to the Canary Islands with a group of 36 people in a boat. 20 more died in this attempt. His death of that of his boat companions occurred in mysterious circumstances and no investigation was initiated.
The mosque where the funeral memorial was held is located in front of the MINURSO (United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara) headquarters. The Moroccan authorities do not want the UN Mission to witness any gathering of Saharawi population and therefore stormed the mosque with a paramilitary unit. Outside an impressive number of uniformed and plain cloth police surrounded the area to prevent any demonstration. The family was forced by the occupation authorities to change the funeral memorial to another mosque, called Dweirat.
The funeral took place 40km north of El Aaiun and although the Moroccan authorities were always present the Said was buried with a Saharawi flag and the people attending the funeral waved Saharawi flags and chanted the slogans for independence, demanding the immediate withdrawal of the Moroccan occupation in the territory and denounced the crimes committed by Mohamed VI regime.