Friday, June 24, 2005

Solidarity with Moroccan POWS

About 200 Moroccans resident in Gibraltar demonstrated yesterday in solidarity with some 408 Moroccan prisoners of war held by the Polisario Front.

They were taken prisoner during an armed conflict over a territory known as the western Sahara and some have been held since 1975.

Despite a ceasefire between Morocco and the Polisario in 1991, no prisoners have been released.

The United Nations, Amnesty International and the US State Department have all condemned their continued imprisonment.

The plight of the POWs has raised tensions between Morocco and Algeria because the men are held by the Polisario in Tindouf, which is on Algerian territory.

M Sasri, president of the Moroccan Workers’ Association, which organised the demonstration, said the protest was aimed at highlighting “an issue of human rights.”

A Moroccan child read a message highlighting the fact that many Moroccan children had grown into men without ever seeing their fathers.

“We appeal in the name of all those children and mothers to all the world organisation and authorities for the prompt release of these Moroccan prisoners” the message said.

Related Article:

Polisario Front - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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