tvcomunitariadf.com.- A group of 34 people linked to various internationalist solidarity movements are travelling to the refugee camps in Western Sahara to learn about the Polisario Front’s struggle against the Moroccan invader.
Western Sahara has been under occupation by the Kingdom of Morocco since 1975, when Spanish colonisation ended. Over the years, the Saharawi people, led by the Polisario Front, a unitary political organisation of all the Saharawi forces, have fought bravely to expel the invader who imprisons, tortures and kills those who stand up to them. Morocco has been stealing Saharawi wealth, especially phosphate and the fishing grounds, a product used to produce fertilisers, which is bought by Brazilian agribusiness. In the Saharawi territorial sea, the invaders are fishing, preventing its true owners from having access to the sea and enjoying the right to fish.
The delegation will pass through Algiers and Tindouf, then head to the desert camps, where they will stay for eight days, to carry out an extensive agenda of activities with meetings with authorities from the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic – SADR – ministers and parliamentarians, visits to schools, cultural centres, museums and even watching the sun set over the desert dunes. There will also be a concert in the refugee camp with Saharawi artists and the Acordi Duo, formed by Chico Nogueira and Eleni Fagundes.
The aim of the caravan is to learn about the struggle of the Saharawi people in defence of the liberation of their territory. The Kingdom of Morocco has built a 2,720 kilometre wall to prevent the Saharawi people from having access to its wealth. Morocco takes these riches and sells them to the world, especially phosphate, which has Brazil as a major buyer.
Founded in 1973, the Polisario Front is leading the resistance against the invasion with arms in hand, because the coloniser does not recognise the decisions of the United Nations, the International Criminal Court and the African Union, which recognise the right of the Saharawi people to sovereignty and self-determination.
The crimes committed by Morocco against the Saharawi population range from illegal arrests, torture, theft of wealth and permanent disrespect for human rights.
The caravan of Brazilian solidarity with the Saharawi people will remain in the region, seeking to strengthen friendship with the people of the desert, who are confronting the invader and fighting for liberation from SADR.
The caravan was organised by the Association for Solidarity and Self-Determination of the Saharawi People – ASSARAUI.