DAJLA (Saharawi refugee camps) – APS.dz.- The Polisario Front called on the international community to act to speed up the release of all Saharawi political prisoners held in Moroccan jails and to put an immediate end to Morocco’s intensive plundering of Saharawi natural resources.
The announcement of the resumption of the armed struggle reflects a broad Saharawi national popular position on the ground rejecting the illegal occupation, according to the moral report presented by the National Secretariat of the Polisario Front at its 16th Congress held in Dakhla, in the Saharawi refugee camps (13-17 January).
This decision marked a profound change in the course of the liberation war, in which the Saharawi people, with all its components, showed, both in the occupied territory and southern Morocco and in the liberated territories and the camps of pride and dignity, dedication and loyalty to the oath made to the martyrs, and expressed their readiness to continue the liberation battle regardless of the sacrifices (…). … under the leadership of its sole and legitimate representative, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Sahel el Hamra and Rio de Oro (Polisario), the report adds.
The report affirms that the Saharawi people, under the leadership of the Polisario Front, are determined to move forward in establishing the foundations of the modern state, having succeeded in establishing a successful democratic experiment combining executive, legislative and judicial powers and the capacity to manage public affairs and organise institutions.
Recalling the achievements of the Saharawi question between the 15th and 16th Congresses and the qualitative leap in the consecration of the place and the rightness of the Saharawi cause at regional and international level, the national secretariat of the Polisario Front reiterated its strong condemnation of the violations perpetrated by the Moroccan occupation state “such as the use of weapons against defenceless civilians”.
The secretariat called for international action to speed up the release of all Saharawi civilian prisoners and to stop immediately the intensive plundering of natural resources and the arbitrary confiscation of Saharawi lands.
In this context, the Polisario Front saluted the trajectory of the activist Sultana Khaya, “heroine leading a unique epic struggle, since 19 November 2020, enjoying national and international support”.
The work of the 16th Congress of the Polisario Front, “Chahid M’hamed-Khaddad-Lahbib”, resumed on Saturday in Dakhla, in the Saharawi refugee camps, under the slogan “Intensify the struggle to expel the occupier and achieve sovereignty”.
About 2,000 participants and 300 personalities from Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia are taking part, according to the presidency of the congress.