CONDEMNATION OF  THE BRUTAL MOROCCAN REPRESSION IN OCCUPIED TERRITORIES AND CALLS TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO PROTECT THE CIVILIAN SAHARAUI POPULATION

The associations and the committees of friendship and solidarity with the Saharawi people, the human rights organizations of Latin America and the Caribbean, and various personalities of the region, condemn the brutal repression of the Moroccan security forces OF the civilian population that, in the framework of the spontaneous mobilizations to celebrate in the streets of several occupied Sahrawi cities the triumph of Algeria in the African Cup of Nations 2019, peacefully expressed their desire for freedom and independence.

In the course of the night and early morning of Friday 19 and Saturday 20 of July, the Moroccan police forces have used rubber bullets, water cannons and have waged brutal beatings against the civilian population in El Aaiún and Dajla, among other cities and Saharawi towns, including once again a practice that violates human rights that has been observed by Saharawi and international human rights organizations: the run over of civilians in peaceful demonstrations.

On this occasion, the mortal victim was Sabah Azman Hamida, a 23-year-old girl, who was attacked by a vehicle of the occupation forces on Av. Smara, in the Saharawi capital, an event that generated a broad mobilization of citizen protest. As the hours passed, and which was violently repressed by hundreds of gendarmes and security agents, leaving dozens of injured, among them young people and women, facts that were  recorded and verified by social activists and human rights in the field.

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Socorro Gomes: In solidarity with the Saharawi people, we condemn the Moroccan repression that victimized a young woman and injured several demonstrators

Socorro Gomes – President of the World Peace Council

PUSL.- We received with great consternation and revolt the news of the death of 24-year-old Sabah Othman Ahmadida (Injourni), who was struck by a Moroccan police car during the brutal repression of a protest in the capital of occupied Western Sahara, El Aaiun, on July 20.

Shocking reports and images of the crackdown with which these protests were answered by the Moroccan authorities include the use of lethal ammunition, beatings and trampling, such as what struck Sabah. In addition, Saharawi said that the girl did not receive urgent medical attention and only some time after the event was taken to the hospital where she died.

The violation of the human rights of Saharawi under Moroccan occupation is repeatedly denounced, without effect, by the Saharawi people and by solidarity organizations from all over the world. This violation begins with the non-implementation of their right to self-determination, so that theu can decide freely on their political destiny. Read more

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Cebrapaz condemns Moroccan repression in occupied Western Sahara and mourns the death of young Sabah Ahmeida

PUSL.- The Brazilian Center for Solidarity with Peoples and Fight for Peace (CEBRAPAZ) joins the various entities in solidarity with the Saharawi people in the most vehement condemnation of the brutal episodes of repression of the demonstrations in El Aaiun, capital of the Western Sahara occupied by Morocco on July 20 . In the episode, the Moroccan police ran over and killed the 24-year-old Sabah Othman Ahmeida (Injourni), a young woman who was delayed in giving her medical attention. Sabah died later in the hospital.

Several reports and shocking images have been disseminated by the courageous Saharawis who recorded the event, showing the brutality of Moroccan repression, the use of lethal ammunition, the beating of the demonstrators and the trampling, like the one that victimized the young Sabah. They are, however, recurring tactics, which demonstrates the seriousness of the situation of the Saharawi people under Moroccan occupation and colonization of their territory.

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Letter from the Polisario Front to Federica Mogherini

HE. Federica Moguerini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

High Representative,

I refer to your Excellency with the urgency dictated by the serious events that take place in the territories of Western Sahara, illegally occupied by Morocco.

As is well known, the occupation forces unleashed an unprecedented wave of repression against the Sahrawi civilian population, in El Aaiún, when they celebrated with joy, and peacefully, the victory of the Algerian team in the Africa Cup of Nations.

This brutal repression had as a macabre result the violent death of the young Sabah Azman, 23 years old, deliberately hit by a vehicle of the so-called auxiliary forces. Abandoned on the ground, without receiving the minimum aid, she took her last breath. Many protesters suffered injuries of varying severity, others were beaten, and harassment and persecution lasted until the early hours of July 20.

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PUSL letter to the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council

Presidency of the UN Security Council

H.E. Ambassador  Gustavo Meza-Cuadra,
Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations

PUSL.- Since the 19th of July 2019 the occupied city of El Aaiun in Western Sahara is under siege and the Saharawi population has been under brutal attack by the Moroccan forces. This escalation in the situation on the ground is due to the silence of the international Community and in particular in the absence of a mandate including a protection mechanism of the civil population in the MINURSO.

Even children have been beaten brutally and are victims of arbitrary detentions. Nobody is spared. The Moroccan occupation forces are using batons, teargas, water cannons, rubber bullets and stones.  Hundreds of members of the Moroccan security forces, notably policemen, gendarmes, paramilitary forces are participating in the violent attacks that led to hundreds of victims. Night and day raids into the houses of the Saharawi have be continues with the destruction of their belongings and arbitrary detentions. Injured people cannot go to the hospital in fear of being immediately arrested.

Hundreds of official Moroccan vehicles of the various forces are being deployed with manpower to the occupied territories enlarging even further the massive Moroccan military and police force in Western Sahara.

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PUSL letter to the members of the United Nations Security Council

PUSL.- Since the 19th of July 2019 the occupied city of El Aaiun in Western Sahara is under siege and the Saharawi population has been under brutal attack by the Moroccan forces. This escalation in the situation on the ground is due to the silence of the international Community and in particular in the absence of a mandate including a protection mechanism of the civil population in the MINURSO.

Even children have been beaten brutally and are victims of arbitrary detentions. Nobody is spared. The Moroccan occupation forces are using batons, teargas, water cannons, rubber bullets and stones.  Hundreds of members of the Moroccan security forces, notably policemen, gendarmes, paramilitary forces are participating in the violent attacks that led to hundreds of victims. Night and day raids into the houses of the Saharawi have be continues with the destruction of their belongings and arbitrary detentions. Injured people cannot go to the hospital in fear of being immediately arrested.

Hundreds of official Moroccan vehicles of the various forces are being deployed with manpower to the occupied territories enlarging even further the massive Moroccan military and police force in Western Sahara.

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Hmad Hamad :”United Nations uses the occupied territories of Western Sahara as a military base”

PUSL.- Hmad Hamad (Saharawi activist and vice-president of CODAPSO -Committee for the Defense of the Right to Self-determination of the People of Western Sahara

The United Nations, namely MINURSO (United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara) has been in Western Sahara since 1991, the year of the signing of the cease-fire between the Polisario Front and Morocco. The cease-fire was based on a referendum that allowed our people to freely choose their destiny and achieve self-determination. After 28 years, we continue without a referendum and now under almost 44 years of occupation by Morocco.

MINURSO and the Security Council were not able to comply with what was determined at the United Nations and spent decades postponing the implementation of resolutions that would lead to the end of a 4-decade occupation.

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Saharawi population in El Aaiun under siege of occupation forces

PUSL.- Since 20 July, Moroccan occupation authorities have swept the streets and homes of El Aaiun (the capital of occupied Western Sahara) in search of young Saharawi and carrying out arbitrary detentions and using firearms against the population

After the victory of the Algerian team in the CAN, thousands of Saharawi took to the streets celebrating and claiming the independence of Western Sahara. The victory of the Algerian team was the motto to take to the streets and break the imposed silence.

As can be seen in the video the streets of El Aaiun are full of police, gendarmerie and auxiliary forces that shoot at Saharawi citizens indiscriminately. Trucks with water cannons “cleaned” the streets of protesters. The death on the night of 20 July of a young Saharawi woman run over by the Moroccan authorities in a 4×4 car, provoked even more protests.

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Moroccan occupation authorities kill a girl and wound dozens

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.

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Thousands of Saharawis on the streets celebrating Algeria’s victory

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.

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