By Isabel Lourenço / PUSL.- Yesterday, Wednesday 21st of October, on the official UN page you could read that MINURSO (United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara) observed that morning, the presence of about 50 people, men, women and children in the buffer zone of El Guergarat that blocked the traffic that passes in this area.
The Mission sent additional personnel to the area to help “relieve any tension” and to unblock traffic.
The United Nations called on all stakeholders to exercise calm and to take all measures to alleviate tension.
The United Nations recalled that “normal people and commercial traffic should not be hindered and that no action should be taken to change the status quo of the buffer zone.
The status quo of the buffer zone was changed on the day that Morocco, illegal occupant of parts of Western Sahara, opened the illegal breach in El Guergarat and MINURSO and the UN took no action to prevent or close the breach.
The status quo continued to be “changed” when Morocco built an asphalt road in the illegal breach. The UN and MINURSO did nothing.
The Status Quo that the United Nations speaks of is not the status quo that is within the signed agreements. Morocco’s continuing violations are not punished. The Saharawi have warned through their legitimate representative, the Polisario Front, numerous times over the years about this specific violation and nothing has been done.
But in all these years it is only under the leadership of the Secretary General, Guterres that it is referred to as “normal” traffic.
Saharawi around the world support these demonstrators with joy and enthusiasm.
We see Saharawi women destroying the tar in Guergarat. This, Mr. Secretary General, is a clear signal that is enough!
The Saharawi have waited 29 years for the United Nations to assume their responsibility.
As a Portuguese I feel ashamed by the action of my countrymen who throughout history have known how to fight for justice but who do not apply the same values when it comes to Western Sahara.
I feel ashamed because I expect more. I hope that my countrymen will honor our constitution and the UN charter and spirit.
I feel ashamed because we know what oppression, injustice, torture and killings are. We know what we suffered in our skin and in the skin of our African brothers during a long black period in history.
I feel ashamed for the Portuguese who is occupying a position that gives him the opportunity to prevent further injustices and crimes, or at least mitigate what is possible, and yet stands beside a colonialist regime in its worst expression.