Washington, 18 November 2020 (SPS) The American NGO, Democracy Now, published an aggressive report on the Moroccan military attack on El-Guerguerat through which it denounced the violation of the ceasefire by Morocco in the conservation zone and summarized the history of the West. Sahara, the “most extractive” and “most inaccessible” region in the world, occupied by Morocco in defiance of UN resolutions.
In a report aired Monday at the time of the NGO’s television news show by Nobel Laureate Amy Goodman, a 2008 recipient, the NGO sought to enlighten viewers about the reality of the Sahrawi question in the light. of the Moroccan military offensive in El-Guerguerat.
Amy Goodman immediately presented the historical context, emphasizing that Morocco has occupied the territory since 1975, violating the resolutions of the United Nations and the international community. In this 26-minute report, the journalist clarified that “Western Sahara is widely regarded as the last colony of Africa”, but largely by the international media, says Amy Goodman, who summarizes the story of this occupied area with three words: “colonialism, looting and resistance”.
The journalist then returned to the “battles that broke out in several areas between the Moroccan army and the Polisario Front in search of independence”, explaining that “the ceasefire ended on Friday after the army Morocco broke into a protection zone, south of Western Sahara “.
The journalist said that during this period, “Morocco has intensified its repression in the occupied territories, attacking the homes of independence activists and suppressing the demonstrations, noting, in any case, that Moroccan military aircraft were located in the area. the city of Dahla “.
The report then published scenes showing Sahrawis protesting in the streets in various Sahrawi cities (Laouni, Dakla) against the Moroccan occupation, shouting in favor of Western Saharan independence. The journalist also said that “there have been many demonstrations of solidarity with the people of Sahara in Spain and New Zealand, especially in front of a company that buys phosphates from the occupied territories of Western Sahara.”
The journalist reminded that in 2016, Democracy Now “broke the media blockade imposed by Morocco from the occupied Western Sahara, adding that it is the first international press group to cover the situation in the occupied territory for years”. This allowed the production of the documentary “Four Days in Western Sahara: The Last Colony in Africa”.
The report airs many scenes from the documentary, which describes human rights abuses committed by Moroccans against peaceful Sahrawi protesters, especially women who oppose the occupation of Morocco, alleging that thousands of Sahrawis were detained. “Prisons, violence, torture, disappearances, liquidations”, adding that the wealth of the Sahara people (phosphate and fishery products) is being plundered by Morocco, which still deprives the Sahara people of their right to self-determination.
The report further revealed that “Morocco set up the world’s largest minefield in Western Sahara and built the second largest wall in the world with the help of US arms companies.”
Following a reminder of the United Nations process on the issue of Western Sahara, in particular the 1991 ceasefire and the creation of MINURSO, the report shows that Morocco has thwarted all efforts to hold a referendum on self-determination, adding that the The Security Council also did not implement its own draft referendum, nor did it authorize MINURSO to monitor the human rights situation in the occupied territories.
Today, the documentary says, “no country recognizes Morocco’s so-called sovereignty over Western Sahara, one of the most inaccessible places in the world, and the international media has largely ignored the occupation, in part because Morocco has regularly blocked journalists to enter Western Sahara “.
The journalist was then interviewed in her report by Jacob Mundy, professor and co-author of the book “Western Sahara: War, Nationalism and the Evolution of Conflict”, who stated that “Morocco” clearly violated the ceasefire agreement. fire. le-feu “, while regretting the silence of the Security Council.
In conclusion, the professor said that “the people of Sahara are tired of empty promises from the United Nations and the Security Council on their issue” (SPS)