PUSL.- Relay for Freedom of Saharawi Political Prisoners and Independence of Western Sahara
A group of Spanish athletes and a Saharawi will run 284 km between Paris and Brussels on relay for the release of Saharawi political prisoners and the independence of Western Sahara.
The initiative was presented at the plenary of Lebrija on 22 October at an event attended by Pepe Barroso Mayor, Deputy Saharawi Delegate in Andalusia, Vice-President of the Saharawi community of Seville, President of the Lebrija Platform for Solidarity, the President of the League of Saharawi Journalists in Europe, the coach of the Saharawi National Team, as well as the group of Spanish athletes who will face this demanding challenge. Pepe Barroso, on behalf of the city of Lebrija, reaffirmed “the Municipality’s commitment to the Saharawi cause in the search for a political solution to the situation suffered by the Saharawi”.
A symbolic sporting act that represents the long wait of the Saharawi people for their freedom. Athletes blame Spain, which continues to fail in the decolonization of Western Sahara and has handed over to Morocco an entire people to a destin of occupation, suffering and human rights violations.
Saharawi political prisoners suffer continuous torture and are kidnapped in Moroccan territory 600 to 1300km away from their homeland and families.
The start of the relay in Paris aims to make the conflict visible in the country that has most supported Morocco in the illegal occupation of the territory and thus prevented the holding of the self-determination referendum agreed between the parties in 1991, under the auspices of the United Nations. The Saharawi community and friendly associations will be present on Friday, November 1, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm at the Place Saint Michel 75005 Paris, where the relay will start.
The point of arrival at the European Parliament in Brussels is to alert MEPs to the suffering of this people and the complicity of the European Union by disrespecting the successive rulings of the European Court of Justice which stated that the EU / Morocco agreements cannot include Western Sahara products. But also to give a voice to Saharawi political prisoners who suffer medieval torture at the hands of the Kingdom of Morocco that has been receiving for over a decade tens of millions of euros on the cover of “improvement in the field of human rights”.
The organization of this relay, which will represent the long road to freedom for 4 days, is under the responsibility of the Saharawi Community of France and Belgium and supported by Lebrija City Council, Alma Centro Deportivo, Solidarity Association of Lebrija and porunsaharalibre.org (PUSL).
The participating athletes are Juan Manuel Sánchez Falcón, Miguel Ángel Sánchez Falcón, José Tejero Jarana and José Domingo Bellido Bernal of Lebrija, Pepe Perez Benítez (from Carrión), Ramón Silverio Martínez Becerra (from Galicia), and Adel Abdeslam Ahmed (Saharawi resident in France).