PUSL.- We will hear and read a lot of things about the Green March that are not at all consistent with the truth and that are only a fiction with the intention of deceiving and rewriting history, whitewashing the heinous crime of colonisation.
The Green March was not peaceful, nor was it a “popular protest”. It was a military manoeuvre to invade a territory perpetuated by Morocco.
The Green March itself was no more than a strategic snapshot.
First, the “civil participants in the march” travelled only ten kilometres beyond the official borders.
Secondly, before the march, King Hassan calmly negotiated a ceasefire agreement with the Spanish soldiers.
Third, the march itself functioned to divert attention from more serious strategic objectives, distracting the Spanish troops as the Moroccan army seized two Saharawi towns further south.
The Moroccan invaders carried photographs of their king and the Koran, as well as flags representing Morocco, Jordan, the United States, and Saudi Arabia. All provided by the Moroccan military accompanying the “civilians” to give “logistical support”. The march itself was called the Green March because of the religious importance of the colour green, which symbolises Islam. In this way Hassan II achieved an image worthy of any Hollywood film and demonstrated to Morocco and the world the support he had and legitimised the invasion as a religious duty and to the liking of the countries whose flags were unfurled. Morocco which was on the verge of social breakdown was thus unified with a common purpose which had nothing to do with “the liberation of the Saharawi brothers” and other fallacious arguments which we have painfully had to listen to year after year from the Moroccan propaganda machine.
The “liberation” of brothers and sisters is not achieved by bombarding these “familiy members” with napalm and white phosphorous. It seems to be common sense and doesn’t deserve or need further explanation.
With the green march, the Moroccan regime diverted attention from the real invasion which began a few days earlier, on 31 October, when the tanks and armoured regiment of the Moroccan army invaded Western Sahara, starting from Hauza and Djederia (East of Smara), destroying, killing and kidnapping the Saharawi population.
Spain, had clear obligations as a metropolis and, according to international law, failed to fulfil them. Spain’s attitude and its lack of dignity was a betrayal of the Saharawi people who still suffer today from occupation and exile.
48 years have passed, 17 years of the first war, 30 years of the signing of the ceasefire agreement, 3 years of the breaking of the ceasefire and two years of the second war – but the Saharawi people are still waiting for the International Community to force Morocco to honour the agreement which foresaw the holding of the referendum in 1992 and their legitimate and inalienable right to independence.
A shame for the world, a shame for Spain and a shame for the African continent, the last colony of Africa which to this day awaits justice and whose people peacefully resist, is an example of the ineffectiveness of the United Nations and world corruption which allows Morocco to continue to exploit, oppress and maintain in a brutal Apartheid regime the Saharawi population in the richly occupied territories while in the refugee camps the Saharawis are waiting on the other side of the wall for a solution which is not on the world agenda.