On Wednesday, November 27, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) of the acting Government of Pedro Sánchez issued a statement advising Spanish citizens not to travel to Saharawi refugee camps due to hypothetical security threats that could be caused by ” growing instability in northern Mali. “
It is noteworthy that this statement was issued immediately after a meeting between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, Josep Borrel, and his Moroccan counterpart, Nasser Bourita and a few days before the celebration of the Polisario Front Congress in Tindouf, an event that will bring together in the refugee camps numerous organizations and people in solidarity with the cause of the independence of the Saharawi people.
The announcement of the MAE was made without prior notice to Jira Bulahi, delegate of the Polisario in Spain, who has denounced that she has learned from the press release of the Spanish Ministry, giving an account of the alleged “threat”. On the other hand, none of the organizations present in the camps is aware of an increase in risks or threats in the area and the Polisario Front has announced that there is no extraordinary risk in Tindouf.
PUSL was informed by the family that Labbat Ozman, the 12 year old boy that was detained and brought to the police headquarters this afternoon has been released.
Labbat was beaten brutally by the Moroccan police in the police station for several hours.
PUSL.- This afternoon Labbat Ozman, 12 years old, was arrested by Moroccan police in El Aaiun, Western Sahara, in front of Mahfouda Lefkir’s family home.
The boy was in a group of Saharawis heading to Mahfouda’s house to protest the arrest and sentencing of the activist to six months in prison. Police brutally attacked protesters, beating women and children.
During the beating the police shouted insults and racist offenses against the Saharawis.
Labbat is in the police station alone, the family is not allowed to accompany him.
The boy is the brother of Mansour Elmoussaoui, the 15-year-old Saharawi minor who was sentenced to 1 month in prison following the commemoration of the Algerian victory in the Africa Cup.
PUSL.-On the same day that the meeting between Pedro Sánchez and the Moroccan foreign minister was held, the Spanish Foreign Ministry warns of the danger of traveling to Tindouf , according to the ministry, the information is based on “reliable information from a reliable source about insecurity in the Sahrawi refugee camps” due to possible terrorist attacks from Mali and Mauritania.
Spain, seems to have recent and reliable sources that contradict the information provided on the pages of the various foreign ministries of Europe and the United States who are also unaware of the potential threats and danger of visiting the refugee camps.
Apparently Spain does not trust the UN Minurso mission in the area who patrols daily in dozens of 4×4 vehicles the zones around the refugee camps and borders of Mauritania and along the separation wall.
It is also suspicious that Spain has not added the danger information like other countries such as Germany, Denmark, the United Kingdom and others that advise against traveling alone to Morocco and warn of the dangers of terrorism in Morocco.
Waving flag of Western Sahara and Brazil
FREEDOM FOR MAHFOUDA LEFKIR!
On behalf of the Western Saharan People’s Friendship and Solidarity Association – ASAHARA, we express our repudiation of the arrest and condemnation of Saharawi activist Mahfouda Lefkir. At the same time, we want to register our support and solidarity for the struggle for the liberation of Western Sahara from the yoke and oppression of the Kingdom of Morocco.
The repression of the imperial government of Morocco tries in every way to silence the voice of the Saharawi people, who are bravely fighting for the freedom and independence of Western Sahara.
The condemnation and imprisonment of militant Mahfouda Lefkir and thousands of other activists will certainly not diminish the determination of the Saharawi people for the complete independence of Morocco.
PUSL.- According to Mr. Bomba father of Mahfouda Lefkir, the activist was sentenced to 6 months in prison.
The sentence is based on the fact that Mahfouda challenged the judge on 15 November at the end of her 15-year-old cousin Mansour Elmoussaoui’s trial.
Today at the end of her trial Mahfouda declared to the judge that her conviction has nothing to do with the accusation. It is a condemnation for my activism, for my work, for being a Saharawi and defending and yearning for our independence, said the young mother.
El Aaiun’s court was under police siege and there were no international observers present. At the trial were Mahfouda’s father and brothers, and some family friends.
Mahfouda’s lawyer will appeal within the time allowed by law.
The sentence exceeds by 4 months the maximum penalties usually awarded in Morocco for disrespect inside of the court.
Mahfouda’s family house is under police siege and no one is allowed to leave or enter the house.
PUSL.- Morocco signs 377 million wind power deal between The Moroccan kingdom’s National Office of electricity and drinking water (ONEE) and the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN Moroccan Nareva Holding and Italy’s Enel Green Power consortium in Rabat last week.
“Nareva Holding – Enel Green Power” consortium, associated with “Siemens Gamesa Renewables”, won the international call for tenders in 2016 for the development, design, financing, construction, operation, and maintenance of the 850 MW Integrated Wind Energy Project.
The new Boujdour wind farm is located about 7 kilometers northeast of the city of Boujdour (occupied Western Sahara) and the construction work set to begin in 2021.
Another Moroccan greenwashing project that disrespects International law and brings no benefit to the Saharawi population living in the occupied territories.
Each new “deal” in the occupied territories opens opportunities for more Moroccan settlers to come to the occupied territories. The Moroccan authorities deny employment to the Saharawi population but offer higher paid jobs to Moroccan settlers and also no tax payment as well as other benefits to populate the occupied territories.
- Shipping company Rodman sells military ships to Rabat without classifying them as defense material, although they may carry heavy weapons.
- The Moroccan Army uses these Spanish armored ships and armored vehicles to perpetuate their occupation in Western Sahara.
- Spain continued to transfer weapons to the Moroccan army after the entry into force of European export legislation prohibiting such sales.
eldiario.es.- The Spanish shipping company Rodman has been selling military ships for years, making them pass as civilian ships and thus avoiding arms export controls. Many of these vessels were sent to the Moroccan Navy between 2007 and 2010 and are used to occupy the fishing grounds of Western Sahara. This newspaper also located in the same area Spanish armored vehicles used to prevent protests from the Saharawi people.
The Rodman 101 model vessels were presumably exported as “seagoing ships” or “lifeboats”, despite having a 12.7 mm or larger machine gun. According to Spanish and European legislation, the existence of such support includes these ships in the list of military equipment and subject to proper export control. Rodman, the maker of these ships, did not answer the questions of this newspaper.
PUSL.- The second chamber of the Court of Appeal in the city of E Aaiun, occupied Western Sahara, sentenced on Tuesday 26 November 2019, Salik Abdi Mubarak to five years in prison.
The Court of Appeal and all the alleys and streets leading were under an tight police siege to prevent the Saharawi population from entering the court and supporting the Saharawi activist Abdi Mubarak.
Salik Abdi Mbarek was arbitrarily arrested in the street in the occupied city of Smara on June 7th 2019 on the day of the reception of the Saharawi political prisoner Salaheddine Labsir that was released.
Salik Abdi Mbark was brutally beaten by Moroccan intelligence officers in civilian clothes with batons.
PUSL.- Today the court of appeal in Marrakesh sentenced the young Saharawi Lahoucine Amaadour to 12 years in prison.
Several international observers attended the trial.
The trial of Mr. Amaadour was adjourned several times. The young activist was in detention since January 17, 2019 without being tried. 314 days of arbitrary detention without trial, which is far beyond the deadline set by Moroccan law of 30 days renewable twice.
More information on this case here: https://porunsaharalibre.org/en/?s=Amaadour
PUSL.- This Monday, 25th November the Parliamentary Group “Alternative Nobel Prize” in the German Bundestag organized a discussion event.
Aminatou Haidar from Western Sahara, honorary winner in 2019, and Guo Jianmei from China, honorary winner in 2019 were the key speakers.
Ms. Haidar and Ms. Jianmei were honored by the international jury of the “Right Livelihood Award Foundation”. Human rights defender Aminatou Haidar received the honorary award “for her unwavering nonviolent resistance, despite imprisonment and torture, in the pursuit of justice and self-determination for the people of Western Sahara.”
A few days before the awards ceremony in Stockholm, Aminatou Haidar and Guo Jianmei came to Berlin to present and discuss their work in the Parliamentary Group on the Alternative Nobel Prize.