By Isabel Lourenço collaborator of PUSL/Tornado
PUSL / Jornal Tornado .- Several events since the election of António Guterres as Secretary General of the United Nations led some sympathizers of the Saharawi cause to think that the resolution of the conflict would be well under way. This “trend of reflection” was also supported in social networks, blogs and the media.
In fact the enthusiasm surrounding the new Secretary-General, who for a decade was the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and signed cut after cut to the humanitarian aid to the Saharawi refugee camps, always struck me as odd.
The expectations created around the former prime minister of Portugal were due to the fact that he was nice and polite, a quality that fortunately almost all politicians in Portugal from left to right share. But education and sympathy have nothing to do with political stances.
The lack of knowledge and analysis of the political career of the new secretary general, his “alliances” and “sympathies” in the international arena led to an unrealistic enthusiasm.
Atabongwoung Gallous – President of Africa Solidarity for Sahara
PUSL.- On the 23rd of May, 2019, prior to Africa Day Celebration. Professor John Trimble hosted an African Liberation Day Forum at Elim Full Gospel Church in Pretoria on the theme – Revolutionary Pan-Africanism calls us to unite and forge a definitive struggle against neo-colonialism: Forward to one unified socialist Africa.
The theme is extremely interesting but I had to address the the case of Western Sahara/Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic – Africa’s last colony as a retard decolonization project. Which hitherto, amongst other things is non-conformity to the dreams and aspirations of African Unity and Africa socialism or African Communalism as Professor Vusi Gumede would argue.
And while there is an Africa day celebration every 25th of May, it is evident that the Sahrawi community in the Diaspora, the Refugee camps and the occupied territory have a contrary sentiment against populist opinion of Africans who after transgressing the state of commodification from slavery, slave trade and colonialism, have become emotional beings.
PUSL / Jornal Tornado .- M’barek Mohamed Bani, a 14-year-old Saharawi student was victim of arbitrary arrest last Saturday, 25th of May 2019.
M’barek was participating in peaceful demonstration in the city of El Aaiun in occupied Western Sahara when the police arrested him without cause. He was never shown any arrest warrant or informed about the reasons of his detention and taken to the Police Station in Boucraa street.
After arriving there, the Moroccan occupation forces took his phone and viewed its content. When they saw that he used the Flag of the Saharawi Arabic Democratic Republic as a profile picture they started to spit in his face. Seeing that he had also pictures of the POLISARIO Front they started to beat him with their fists. The young student tried to protect his head and face as good as he could, whilst one of the police men hold him down and the other beat him.
PUSL / Jornal Tornado .- Horst Köhler, who was the president of Germany for six years, left his post as UN-SG personal envoy to the territory of Western Sahara. His departure for health reasons leaves the conflict to settle, a decades-long dispute in limbo.
The former German president announced he would step down on Wednesday, two years after assuming the role of personal envoy to the UN Secretary-General for Western Sahara.
Mr Koehler, 76, informed the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, in a telephone call, the UN statement said.
Former President Köhler spearheaded UN efforts to end the long-standing impasse between Morocco and the Polisario Front. Read more
By Jesús Cabaleiro Larrán – Periodistas En Español .The appearance of the flag of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and the Saharawi territory separated from the Moroccan in the sale of tickets of the African Confederation of Nations (CAN) of football that will run from June 21 to July 19 in Egypt has motivated protests of Morocco.
In particular, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) contacted the CAN organization to withdraw the Saharawi flag from the Tazkarti.com ticketing portal, which is in three languages, Arabic, French and English. A protest letter was sent but they were informed that the platform that manages this page is abroad.
The company that manages it, Get Group, is headquartered in Dubai with subsidiaries in Egypt, Canada, Latin America and Saudi Arabia. Read more
PUSL.- Saharawi men, women and children took to the streets on 20 May in El Aaiun, celebrating the anniversary of the first armed action of the Polisario Front.
Despite the police and military siege and Moroccan auxiliary forces, to avoid demonstrations throughout the occupied Western Sahara, the Saharawi people took to the streets demonstrating.
The 20th of May, is celebrated yearly in spite of all the repression and tight control of the occupying forces that suppress any demonstration.
In the neighborhood of El Arak in El Aaiun, a group of Sahrawis managed to escape the police siege and demonstrated at 11 pm as you can see in the video.
Demonstrations in the occupied territories are increasingly difficult. The Moroccan authorities are preventing the grouping of Saharawis at all costs so that demonstrations do not take place.
Whole neighborhoods are under continuous police siege and secret police are present in every city. Read more
PUSL, May 20, 2019 .- According to the information by Equipe Media the trial of the Saharawi activist and journalist of Equipe Media, Nazha Khatari El-Khalidi has been postponed until June 24.
The delay of the proceedings against El Khalidi was justified by the court with the need to further inspect the contents of Ms. El Khalidi’s mobile phone that was confiscated by the police early December of last year.
Ms. El Khalidi faces serious charges for recording a peaceful demonstration of Sahrawi citizens in the streets of El-Aaiún, capital of Western Sahara that is occupied by the Moroccan Kingdom since 1975.
In the context of the same judicial process, on May 19 the Moroccan occupation forces expelled seven international observers that intended to attend the trial. The five Spanish lawyers and two Norwegian members from RAFTO foundation who intended to observe the proceedings of the trial where expelled without any justification other than “that it is forbidden to enter Western Sahara” at the border control at the Airport of El Aaiun by the Moroccan authorities. Read more
PUSL.- On May 20, 1973, only ten days after its foundation, the Polisario Front carried out its first armed action against Spanish colonialism. The target was the police station of El Janga.
This action was the first that marked the beginning of the war of liberation and quickly surpassed Spain’s ability to respond and its control over the Saharawi territory.
The following actions strengthened the prestige of the Polisario Front not only vis-à-vis the Saharawi population but also among the Saharawis who served in the Spanish colonial army.
History is known, Spain sold the territory and its inhabitants as if they were a herd of goats to Morocco and Mauritania, yielding this extremely rich country in the Madrid agreements, in an illegal and criminal way.
Then followed the bombing of the Saharawi population with Napalm and White Phosphorus, the Black March (called the Green by the Moroccans), thousands of dead, tortured, disappeared and a war of resistance and valor of the Saharawi until 1991, when the cease-fire was signed. Read more
-The Moroccan regime does not want international presence in the trial against the Saharawi journalist Nazha El -Kalhidi
-The Spanish lawyers are accredited by the General Council of Spanish Law
-“It is forbidden to enter El Aaiún”, explanation of the Moroccan police
Alfonso Lafarga (Contramutis).-Morocco has prevented five Spanish lawyers and two Norwegian observers from entering El Aaiún, the capital of Western Sahara, where they had traveled to attend the trial of Saharawi journalist Nazha El Kalhidi, accused of practicing without official certification.
“It is forbidden to enter El Aaiún”, is the only explanation received by lawyers Sidi Tallebuya, from Madrid; Ramón Campos García and María Lourdes Barón Jaques, from Zaragoza and Lala Travieso Darias and Rut Sebastián, from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, all of them accredited by the General Council of the Spanish Law, as well as the Norwegian observers of the RAFTO Foundation for Human Rights, Vegard Fosso Smievoll and Kjersti Brevik Moeller. Read more
Legal action over disputed African territory affects EU links with Morocco
Financial Times / JOHN DIZARD. .- What the military calls asymmetric warfare — guerrillas fighting regular armies — has come to the compliance world.
Political movements with few financial assets, let alone military superiority, can win in court against corporate or government players.
Thanks to their ability to make use of their wins by influencing trillions of investors’ money, or sensitive sovereign wealth funds, they can generate a huge effect.
Take a case filed in the European Court of Justice on April 29 by the Polisario Front, a political group that demands full sovereignty for Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara. Its lawyers claim Brussels is violating EU human rights law by allowing, even encouraging, the import of natural resources from the territory. Read more