Moroccan forces resort to excessive force against peaceful Sahrawi demonstrators

El-Aaiun (Occupied Territories), April 27, 2019 (SPS) - Various formations of Moroccan forces on Thursday used excessive force against peaceful Sahrawi demonstrators in the occupied capital of Western Sahara, El-Aaiun.

The Moroccan occupation forces accelerated siege of the streets and alleys leading to the neighborhood of Maatullah since the early hours of Thursday morning, before Smara Street was closed to passers-by and cars, a measure that was parallelized with violent intervention against Sahrawi demonstrators in the center of the occupied city in which excessive force was used, resulting in many casualties.

The occupation forces then arrested political activist student Abidine Bounaaj, after he was forcibly intercepted at Smara Street, where he was taken to an unknown destination.

In the same context, the Moroccan police arrested militant and human rights activist Sultana Khaya, 40 km south of El-Aaiun, and she was prevented from completing her journey towards the occupied the city, where she planned to take part in the event called for by Coordination of Human Rights activists in Western Sahara, to demand enabling the Sahrawi people to the right of self-determination. (SPS)