Moroccan Authorities Arrest Two Former Saharawi Political Prisoners
The Moroccan occupation authorities arrested the former two Saharawi political prisoners Mohamed Biza and Abdessalam Loumadi in the Moroccan city of Agadir, reported a source from the Ministry of Occupied Territories and Communities Abroad.
The same source revealed that the Saharawi political prisoner Abdeslam Loumadi had been detained for over 48 hours at the police station in the same city before being released with no explanation of the reasons for his arrest.
The Unending Quest for Self-Determination in the Western Sahara
The disputed region of Western Sahara in Northern Africa is the largest entity by both population and area on the United Nations list of non-self-governing territories. Although Morocco has formally claimed Western Sahara since its own independence in 1957, Spain officially relinquished its administration of the territory to joint control by Morocco and Mauritania in 1975.
The International Court of Justice acknowledged the Saharawi’s right to self-determination, but King Hassan II of Morocco refused to give up the territory and instead led 350,000 people on a peaceful Green March across the border. Morocco then fought with Mauritania as well as a Sahrawi national movement called the Polisario Front for control of the region until Mauritania’s withdrawal from the conflict in 1979. The Polisario declared the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and gained support from the Soviet Union, Algeria, Cuba, and Libya.