Occupied Aaiun: Morocco uses Army forces to quell Western Sahara protesters

Algiers, July 24, 2019 (SPS) - Foreign Minister of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) Mohamed Salem Ould Salek on Tuesday strongly condemned Morocco's escalation in the occupied Saharawi territories, especially the latest deadly events in occupied Aaiun, where Morocco "used Army forces to execute its heinous criminal plan," leaving one young Saharawi girl killed and dozens wounded while 140 Saharawi people have been arrested.

Speaking at a press conference at the SADR embassy in Algiers, the Saharawi minister started by congratulating Algeria's national football team for the African Cup of Nations (CAN 2019) title they have won in Egypt, before expressing his deep dismay at the abhorrent practices of the Moroccan authorities against Saharawi people who took to the street to celebrate the victory.

"Morocco chocked the joy out of the Saharawi peoples through repressive forces, tightening the noose around the neighborhoods, streets and alleys of the occupied towns," Ould Salek regretted.

"On Friday, the day of the great victory achieved by the Desert Foxes (Algerian national football team), Saharawi people took to the street, men, women and children waving Saharawi and Algerian flags, celebrating the victory in marches, chanting slogans calling for self-determination and others against the illegal Moroccan occupation."

For Ould Salek, what happened in occupied Aaiun "is more than horrendous, especially as orders were given to Moroccan military troops, police forces and special units to intervene in those towns where bariatric acts are committed day and night." SPS