PUSL.- During the night and dawn of 19-20 July the Moroccan occupation authorities brutally invested against the Saharawi population who took to the streets after the victory of the Algerian team in the CAN (African Cup of Nations).
The young Sabah ment Ozman, 23, was struck by a vehicle of the occupation forces on Smara Avenue in El Aaiun, and was immediately killed. It was not until one o’clock in the morning when the news of the young woman’s death was reported on social networks and confirmed shortly afterwards to PUSL by sources on the ground, members of the Nushatta Foundation and Codapso.
Reports of police attacks continued throughout the night. The number of total injured is not confirmed. Children and young people who filled the streets to celebrate the Algerian victory and also demand the independence of the Sahara were not spared.
PUSL.- Thousands of Sahrawis filled the streets of the cities occupied by Morocco in Western Sahara.
The Sahrawi population went out to express their joy at the victory of the Algerian team and passage to the final of the African Football Cup (CAF) and simultaneously demanding the self-determination and independence of Western Sahara.
Algerian and Saharawi flags were displayed by the population shouting “1,2,3 vive l’Algerie” (1,2,3 live in Algeria) and “Labadil Labadil Antakrir al Massir” (there is no other solution but self-determination).
Shortly after the demonstrations began the Moroccan occupation forces began to dismantle and attack the demonstrators.
PUSL.- On July 7ththe 12th Summit of Heads of State of the African Union (AU) took place in Nigeria’s Niamey. In this summit the operational phase of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), was launched. 54 of the 55 member states of the African Union ratified it. Eritreia is the only member state that is not to part of the trading bloc.
The AU says that the AfCFTA will create the world’s largest free trade area and lead to around a 60% boost in intra-African trade by 2022.
According to research by the African Development Bank in 2014 only 16% of international trade by African countries takes place between African countries.
Morocco ratified the agreement but Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom made immediate statements saying that although they ratified the AfCFTA, “Morocco’s signature and ratification of the agreement must be seen as separate from its stance on the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Democratic Republic (SADR)”.
The ratification of the AFCFTA does not mean that Morocco will respect what it has signed because it will continue to want to exploit and commercialize illegally obtained products and resources from the occupied territories of Western Sahara.
PUSL / Jornal Tornado.- The 19 Sahrawi political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik group continue to be victims of abuse, ill-treatment, torture and intentional medical malpractice at the hands of the Moroccan authorities.
The reprisals are getting worse. Mrs. Mangin, wife of Mr. Asfari has been expelled again after having only once visited her husband after 2 years of prohibition to enter Morocco and a 30 day hunger strike. This time Mrs. Mangin didn’t get the opportunity to be accompanied by the CNDH (Moroccan National Human Rights Council) to whom she obviously asked for help before going.
Morocco ignores the decisions of the United Nations so far, and the agreements and treaties signed. In the case of Naama Asfari, despite a letter of the Committee against Torture of the United Nations (CAT) asking to stop any reprisals against Naama, the CNDH demonstrated its lack of power despite the Moroccan law itself which in theory is supposed to apply the OPCAT (Optional Protocol of the Convention against Torture).
PUSL.- Claude Mangin, french citizen and wife of Saharawi political prisoner Naama Asfari of the Gdeim Izik group was prohibited today to enter Morocco to visit her husband who is serving a 30 year sentence in Kenitra prison near Rabat.
Mangin was forced by the Moroccan authorities to return to Paris from Casablanca Airport after arrival today.
The French citizen made a 30 days hunger strike in March-April 2018 in order to force the French authorities to intervene so that she could visit her husband after being prevented to enter Morocco since 2016.
After having obtained the commitment of the French government to mediate with the Moroccan authorities on the resumption of visits she was allowed to visit her husband in Kenitra prison last 14 and 15h of January.
PUSL.- They arrive little by little but are thousands. Some are already in Spain others will arrive in the next few days.
Small ambassadors from Western Sahara, children born and raised in refugee camps in southern Algeria, just as their parents were born and raised there and their grandparents built a country in exile in the middle of the death desert.
They spent more than 4 decades of exile, survived more than 4 decades of Moroccan occupation.
Here they come to Europe these little Saharawis, innocent and smiling faces but also often with tears that spend a few weeks away from the refugee camps and get to know the “first world”.
Families and institutions welcome children and make promises, strive to provide them with what we, in the first world, think is necessary to have a happy childhood.
PUSL.- The session organized by the delegation of Polisario Front in Portugal was attended by representatives of non-governmental organizations, religious organizations, migrant organizations, representatives of political parties, students, academics and the representative of the Human Rights Commission of the Portuguese Bar Association.
Francisco Fanhais, president of the José Afonso Association, opened the session recalling the solidarity of Zeca Afonso and his commitment to opposing colonialism.
Mohamed Fadel, delegate of the Polisario Front in Portugal, gave a presentation on the current situation of the conflict, focusing on the decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union, the recent resignation of Horst Koehler personnel envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations and participation in the African Union and its positioning.
President Ghali Visits Panama, Invited for the investiture of the New President Laurentino Cortizo Cohen
Panama City (Panama) June 30, 2019 (SPS) – The President of the Republic, Secretary General of the Frente POLISARIO, Mr. Brahim Ghali, arrived on Saturday in the Panamanian capital at the invitation of the government of that country to participate in the ceremony of transmission of presidential command and investiture of the new President of the Republic of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen.
The President of the Republic was received at the Tocumen International Airport by representatives of the Panamanian National Authorities, where a military unit on duty gave him military honors, before addressing the Panamanian and international press invited for the inauguration of the new Panamanian president .
The President of the Republic, in statements to the press, reaffirmed the strength of historical relations between the Republic of Panama and the Saharawi Republic, reiterating the desire to further consolidate these relations, and expressed his gratitude for this invitation. Read more
PUSL.- Through a formal request on June 26, the communist MP Hugo Gutiérrez, asked the commander-in-chief of the Navy, Admiral Julio Leiva, an inspection of the Liberian flag vessel Venture Pearl that would be close to navigating Chilean waters, and transports cargo of phosphate originating from Western Sahara .
According to local media the deputy stated that “I believe that one of the struggles that occur in the world that are most invisible is the struggle of the Saharawi people for their independence, to finish with years of years of colonization and the use that Morocco makes of its lands, including the usufruct of all its natural resources. ”
Panama had prohibited this merchant from entering through the Panama Canal respecting international law that prohibits the exploit of Natural Resources of Western Sahara by Morocco without consent of the Saharawi people.
PUSL.- Friday 28 of June the Moroccan authorities stormed the mosque in El Aaiun, occupied Western Sahara, to prevent the Saharawi population to attend the funeral praying of Said Uld Lili.
Said Lili, was a known Saharawi rapper known as FLITOX, his songs advocated for the independence of Western Sahara and he featured in a documentary on the reality of the illegal occupation of Western Sahara by Morocco.
Said Lili died on Sunday, June 23, in an attempt to emigrate to the Canary Islands with a group of 36 people in a boat. 20 more died in this attempt. His death of that of his boat companions occurred in mysterious circumstances and no investigation was initiated.