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Demonstrations in Madrid for release of Sahrawi political prisoners

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Madrid, January 24, 2017 (SPS) -Tens of Sahrawis and Spanish of the movement of solidarity with the Sahrawi people demonstrated Monday before Morocco’s embassy in Madrid to require the “release of the Sahrawi political prisoners” and “cessation of the Moroccan repression in the occupied territories.”
Chanting “release political prisoners,” “the struggle will continue and Frente POLISARIO will overcome,” “Morocco is guilty and Spain is responsible,” and “We are with Gdeim Izik’s prisoners,” tens of Sahrawis and Spanish, including two Euro-MPs from the Spanish party izquierda unida namely Willy Meyer and Paloma Lopez, responded to the call launched by the Spanish coordination of associations of friendship with the Sahrawi people to demand the release of the political prisoners whose trial will be in Rabat and to denounce the repression exerted by the Moroccan occupying forces.
In a statement to APS, the Euro-MP Willy Meyer lamented “the tragic situation of Western Sahara following the continuing repression by the Moroccan police and army.”
“This situation deprives the Sahrawi people of their basic rights notably their right to self-determination and we insist, as European deputies, on the withdrawal of the colonial forces so that to hold a referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara.”
For her part, Paloma Lopez said that “the trial of Gdeim Izik’s prisoners is illegal and doesn’t include any guarantee or respect of the international law and this is why we insist on the immediate release of these prisoners.”SPS