Paris – Brussels Marathon begins for freedom of Saharawi political prisoners

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.

The start of this relay in Paris aims to make visible the conflict in the country that most supported Morocco in the illegal occupation of the territory, avoiding the holding of the self-determination referendum agreed between the parties in 1991, under the auspices of the United Nations. The point of arrival at the European Parliament in Brussels is to warn MEPs about the suffering of this people and the complicity of the European Union by disrespecting the successive rulings of the European Court of Justice confirming that Morocco has no sovereignty over Western Sahara. But also to give a voice to Saharawi political prisoners who have been tortured at the hands of the Moroccan occupant who has received and receives tens of millions of euros from the European Union under the pretext of “improving human rights”.

When they arrive in Brussels, they will meet with different MEPs, to whom they will make their claims in favor of Saharawi political prisoners.

Parallel to this marathon, Gdeim Izik’s political prisoners in Moroccan prisons began a hunger strike in gratitude and solidarity with the participating athletes.

The Saharawi community in France and Belgium has decided to honor Paco Sánchez Falcon, a pro-Saharawi activist who died suddenly last March and participated in several editions of the Sahara Marathon held in Saharawi refugee camps.

The organization of this solidarity sporting event, which will represent the long road to freedom during 4 days, is organized by the Saharawi Community in France and Belgium, with the support of the Municipality of Lebrija, the Alma Centro Deportivo company, the Lebrija Solidarity Platform. and the porunsaharalibre.org (PUSL) website.

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