Rally in Paris to denounce human rights violations in Western Sahara

Paris, June 15, 2019 (SPS)- A rally was organized Thursday afternoon in Paris to denounce the violations of human rights in Western Sahara under the Moroccan occupation, claiming the release of Sahrawi political prisoners.

With the support of French deputy Jean Paul Lecoq, about fifty Sahrawi people gathered at Human Rights Square at some cables’ length away from the embassy of Morocco in France.

Organized by the platform for the solidarity with the Sahrawi people, a French non-governmental organization, the demonstrators demanded in their sit-in the release of the Sahrawi political prisoners in the Moroccan jails, while underlining that the only alternative to the conflict of Western Sahara is the independence of this territory, under the Moroccan occupation for more than 40 years.

After the sit-in, the demonstrators marched until about the headquarters of the Moroccan embassy raising the same slogans.

“Every day, the Sahrawi population of the occupied territories and of Southern Morocco is victim of a new cycle of serious human rights violations by the Moroccan occupation forces under a military siege and media blockade: arbitrary arrests, forced movements, torture, hindrances to the activities of Sahrawi associations, assassinations,” underlined the initiators of this demonstration. (SPS)