Rally in Brussels to denounce “critical” situation of Sahrawi prisoners detained in Morocco

Brussels, April 14, 2018 (SPS) - The Sahrawi community in Belgium organized Friday afternoon a rally in Brussels to alert the European Union (EU) to the “critical” situation of the Sahrawi prisoners of Gdeim Izik group, detained in Morocco, and demand their release.

At the European district, headquarters of the European institutions, the demonstrators shouted “freedom of the Sahrawi political prisoners” and “No alternative to referendum on self-determination,” at the call of the association of the Sahrawi community in Belgium.

Many of them waved the national flag of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and banners to call on EU and its member States to “save the Sahrawi prisoners from death.”

They called for the “immediate and unconditional release” of all the Sahrawi political prisoners and denounced the “inhuman” conditions of their imprisonment.

The members of the Sahrawi community in Belgium affirmed following with “great concern” the situation of the Sahrawi prisoners, detained in Morocco, notably that of Gdeim Izik group who are on the 33rd day of their hunger strike to protest against their detention conditions.

The participants in this rally addressed an “urgent call” to EU’s member States, human rights organizations and political parties to “preserve the lives of these Sahrawi people in danger of death.” (SPS)

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