diariobahiadecadiz.com.- The contribution of Cadiz municipalism to the Saharawi cause “as a shout against indifference”, in debate in a conference in Cádiz
Cádiz is home to the second conference on municipalism regarding the process of decolonization of Western Sahara. An event, promoted by the City Council, which gives continuity to the space for reflection opened in 2018. Continue to deepen the cooperation with the Saharawi refugee camps, among the main points of the meeting, which is once again the “speaker of freedom claims and fair and necessary independence. “
The headquarters of the Municipal Foundation of Women, in the Plaza del Palillero de Cádiz, hosts on Tuesday the second conference on municipalism in the process of decolonization of Western Sahara. An event that gives continuity to the space of reflection opened in 2018 at the meeting, also in the capital of Cadiz, in which a dozen representatives participated and discussed the economic, legal and social situation of the Saharawi refugee camps.
PUSL.- Last Saturday, the Saharawi community and solidarity movements took part in an action against the WALLS in Saint Michel square in Paris.
This action was launched by the Palestinian NGO “Stop the Wall”, which was joined by over 400 organizations, networks and movements around the world for A WORLD WITHOUT WALLS “From Palestine to Mexico, all walls must fall”.
The Saharawi community and friendly associations have displayed photos of the world’s largest separation wall, the 2720-kilometer-long wall of shame built by the Moroccan occupier that divides the occupied territories of Western Sahara from the liberated territories.
During the meeting of the Bureau of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) this weekend, a resolution on Gdeim Izik Group’s Saharawi political prisoners was unanimously approved and acclaimed.
The resolution was proposed by the Portuguese Association of Democratic Jurists, who was represented by Dr. Madalena Santos, president of the Association and Dr. Hugo Dionsio.
Political Prisoners Western Sahara.
The 19 Saharawi Political Prisoners known as Gdeim Izik group, continue to suffer ill-treatment, medical neglect and torture after two unfair trials that have not been able to prove the guilt of any of the accused. Furthermore, two and a half years after the last trial the Moroccan Supreme Court still did not issue its decision. Their lawyer Maitre Olfa Ouled was prevented from seeing her clients or contact them, having been expelled from Morocco in February 2018 for the second time.
PUSL.- 9 years after the dismantling of Gdeim Izik’s camp, a nonviolent protest that gathered tens of thousands of Saharawis for a month outside El Aaiún, occupied territories of Western Sahara, Morocco continues to torture political prisoners and exploit and steal resources with the complicity of the international community.
The United Nations, which silently witnessed the dismantling, kidnapping and torture of the Saharawi population on November 8, 2010, continues to take no action to protect the population.
In Moroccan prisons, more than 50 political prisoners are seized, victims of torture, ill-treatment and isolation.
Gdeim Izik’s group, now made up of 19 political prisoners scattered across 5 Moroccan prisons, suffers daily reprisals despite repeated calls from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other NGOs and the UN itself to respect the most elementary rights of these prisoners.
PUSL.- The second chamber of the Court of Appeal in the occupied city of El Aaiun on Tuesday, 05 November 2019, issued harsh sentences against a group of Sahrawi activists who were arrested in connection with the celebrations of Algerian victory in the African Cup 19 July 2019.
The sentences imposed yesterday ranged from six months to one year. The verdicts were as follows: Hafez al-Hassan al-Habib, Kai Dahi al-Hadik, Mohamed Ali Sidi Tlemizi, Rugbi Sayed El Yazid and Salik Najem Ibrahim received a one year sentence, Sufian Hassan Salik, Jalil Arbi Mahdi, Abdelrahman Mohammed Laroussi and Hafiz Mohammed Sofi a six months sentence.
Several other participants in the celebrations of the Algerian victory are still being searched by the police who is detaining daily people that were filmed by the moroccan authorities on July 19 2019.
PUSL.- With the green march, the Moroccan regime diverted attention from the real invasion that began a few days earlier, on October 31, when the tanks and the armored regiment of the Moroccan army invaded Western Sahara, starting with Hauza and Djederia (East of Smara), destroying, killing and kidnapping the Saharawi population.
Spain had clear obligations as a metropolis and, in accordance with international law, failed to do so. The attitude of Spain and its lack of dignity was a betrayal for the Saharawi people who still suffer from occupation and exile.
44 years have gone by, 16 years of war and 28 years of signing of the ceasefire agreement, but the Sahrawi people are still waiting for the International Community to oblige Morocco to honor the agreement that should have provided for the referendum in 1992.
PUSL.- The athletes participating in the “Paco Sánchez Falcón Relay for the freedom of Saharawi political prisoners” arrived today at 11:30 am in Luxembourg Square (Brussels), completing the 284 km separating Paris from Brussels.
Arriving in Brussels, they were welcomed by a representative of the Saharawi community in Belgium and France, by Maitre Olfa Ouled – lawyer of the prisoners of Gdeim Izik, Isabel Lourenço of porunsaharalibre.org (PUSL), as well as Sidmhamed Ahmed, the diaspora’s responsable in France and Belgium, and Mohamed Sidati Minister for Europe of the Polisario Front.
The athletes received a decoration and a tribute in thanks from the Saharawi community in France and Belgium.
PUSL.- The participants in the “Paco Sánchez Falcón Marathon for the Freedom of Saharawi Political Prisoners” have completed today the 120 km of the third stage of the four planned.
Today they have left France to enter Belgian territory.
During the dinner a meeting was held with members of the Saharawi community in Belgium, they were also received by Mohamed Hassan, president of the Association “Sahara is Not For Sale” and by Mohamed Sidati, Minister for Europe of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.
Tomorrow’s day, the shortest on the way, is scheduled to start at 9 am to arrive at Luxembourg Square (Brussels) at 11 am, where a demonstration will be held in which marathon athletes will participate together with the Saharawi community in Belgium, Olfa Ouled – lawyer for the prisoners of Gdeim izik, Isabel Lourenço of porunsaharalibre.org (PUSL), as well as Sidmhamed Ahmed, head of the diaspora in France and Belgium, and Mohamed Sidati minister for Europe. After the demonstration the participants in the marathon will meet in the European Parliament with several MEPs.
PUSL.- On November 1, Saturday, the second stage of the four planned of the Marathon Relay “Paco Sánchez Falcón” for the Freedom of Saharawi Political Prisoners ended.
The athletes run 115 km, 10 more than they had planned, still in French territory.
All participants of the event are very excited and willing to come to Brussels with the message of justice for the political prisoners and freedom for all Saharawi people.
PUSL .- On October 30, the group of Saharawi students protesting since October 1 in Rabat, in front of the University building claiming their right to enroll in said university, went on a hunger strike.
Due to the precarious state of health of the students, because of the long period of protest that they have already completed, the hunger strike soon took a toll having to be hospitalized four of them on November 1st. At this time they have already left the hospital and continue their protest along with their fellow Saharawi students.
The student protest is caused by the refusal of the Moroccan authorities to allow them to enroll in the University of Rabat in law and social sciences courses. The officials allege that the University Board affirms that they have no right to register because they do not reside in Rabat or have their identity documents issued in Rabat.
PUSL.- On the morning of Friday, November 1, athletes Juan Manuel Sánchez Falcón, Miguel Ángel Sánchez Falcón, José Tejero Jarana and José Domingo Bellido Bernal of Lebrija, Pepe Pérez Benítez de Carrión and Ramón Silverio Martínez Becerra departed from Seville. to Paris, where they joined Saharawi resident in France Adel Abdeslam Ahmed to participate in the Paris – Brussels marathon for the freedom of Saharawi political prisoners.
Arriving at Orly airport in Paris, they were welcomed by representatives and members of the Saharawi diaspora in France and Isabel Lourenço on behalf of porunsaharalibre.org (PUSL).
In the early afternoon, they took part in a demonstration at Place Saint Michel, which was attended by members of the Saharawi diaspora and supporters of the Saharawi cause, as well as several French National Assembly deputies, Jean Paul Lecoc of the French Communist Party, the lawyer for the political prisoners of Gdeim Izik Maitre Olfa Ouled and the Portuguese human rights activist Isabel Lourenço by porunsaharalibre.org (PUSL).
After the demonstration, the marathon began, which will cover the 284 km between the French capital and Brussels in four days.