ABUJA, Nigeria (fibladi.com) – The Nigerian Movement for Solidarity with Western Sahara on Wednesday condemned the violent attacks by Moroccan occupying forces against Saharawi civilians last Friday in El-Aaiun, stressing that the African Union (AU) must demonstrate greater commitment to the independence of Western Sahara and against the continuation of colonial rule.
“The Saharawi people are under attack by the Moroccan occupation forces, including uniformed police, the gendarmerie and paramilitary forces,” it said in a statement. Nigerian “condemn the brutalities of all kinds, launched by the Moroccan forces against the Saharawi people”.
“This Moroccan brutality, committed in the presence of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), must be a source of deep concern for all the peoples of the world who love the principles of humanity, freedom and dignity, “said the movement.
“The brutality shown by the Moroccan forces is a real challenge for the United Nations: to defend the universal rights of all humanity to life, dignity and respect, as well as the right of all nations to govern themselves”, says the press release. It also adds a particular challenge to the African Union (AU), since, the Movement emphasizes, the AU “has the responsibility to carry out the task of carrying out the decolonization of the last colony in Africa”.
To this end, insists the Movement, “the African Union must show a greater commitment to the independence of Western Sahara, against the continuation of the colonial regime in Western Sahara, against the looting of its resources by the Morocco “.
“The right of the people of Western Sahara to own, control and use their natural resources for their own well-being is inalienable and Africa must oblige Morocco to respect humanity, human rights and human dignity in Western Sahara. For all African peoples, and until Africa is fully liberated, we will remain slaves, ” argued the Nigerian Movement.
The statement calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all Saharawi victims of the Moroccan occupation, calling on “all the peoples of the world to support the Saharawi people in their just struggle for independence”.
Saharawi youth, Sabah Othman Omeida, was killed by Moroccan repressive forces in the occupied city of El-Aaiun and several others were wounded, on the sidelines of the peaceful celebration of Friday’s victory of the Algerian team in the final of the African Cup of Nations (CAN) against Senegal (1-0) which took place in Egypt.
The girl, 23-year-old Sabah Othman, suffered a deliberate accident by Moroccan police who stormed the crowd at full speed, according to Saharawi media sources there, noting that the Moroccan police also injured two other young Saharawis.