More than three hundred people have gathered this afternoon in Alicante to demand a referendum on the self-determination of the Saharawi people at a time when tension with Morocco is skyrocketing and weapons are looming again. The meeting took place in the Plaza de la Montañeta, where various groups and political representatives have met. Despite previous insistence, the measures established to stop the Covid have not been complied with.
Shortly after 6:30 p.m. the square began to fill with people who have been placing themselves in a circle around a huge banner of the Coordination of Solidarity Associations with the Saharawi People of the Province of Alicante, which had the slogan “Freedom and independence for Western Sahara” written on it.
In this meeting, the second in the province after a hundred people met in Elda last Wednesday for the same reason, that of requesting the action of the international community and demanding the self-determination of Western Sahara, they have not been fulfilled the security measures in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
In the center of the square, dozens and dozens of people raised their voices huddled together, without any distance. In fact Ángela Carrillo, president of Solidarity Associations with the Saharawi People of the province of Alicante, he asked that this be taken into account in his turn to speak. “Please, can you back down a bit? We want to meet on several occasions and it can be used as an excuse that we have not respected any rule so that they do not give us permission again, ”said Carrillo.
This concentration takes place days after the Polisario Front has declared the ceasefire broken after the incident in the Guerguerat area, on the border with Mauritania, where Morocco opened a cross-border commercial crossing that was in violation of the United Nations agreement . That is why it has declared a State of War and the tension is increasing. These are the most serious events since the ceasefire was signed in 1991 with the UN commitment that a referendum on self-determination would be held in the Sahara.
“We understand your situation, your anger and your need to return. But not to return to that borrowed land, to return to yours, the one that was taken from you, “Carrillo stated in his speech while referring to the fact that the situation, until now, was about” a peace that did not it is peace, just a ceasefire ”. “Peace is something else,” he said.
“Today the Saharawi people are more willing than ever to defend their right to independence, by all possible means and in accordance with international legality,” said Lehbib Ali Salem, delegate of the Polisario Front in the province of Alicante. “We demand the government of Spain to assume its historical responsibility and promote an immediate solution that facilitates the self-determination of the Saharawi people,” he added during his speech at the event.
In the Plaza de la Montañeta there were different social entities, as well as political representatives of the municipal groups Unidas Podemos and Compromís. Several agents of the National Police and the Local Police observed the development of the concentration from the surroundings of the square.
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