Moroccan forces dismantle a camp housing thousands of refugees in the Western Sahara, near Laayoune
News.com, 08 November 2010
Clashes between Moroccan security forces and protesters in Western Sahara have killed at least six people after authorities raided the site of the disputed territory’s largest anti-government protest in decades.
Moroccan officials said Monday that protesters killed four police officers and a firefighter, while the pro-independence Polisario Front said Moroccan forces killed a 26-year-old activist.
Fighting began when Moroccan troops broke up a camp of thousands of tents erected a month before near the desert city of Laayoune to protest against deteriorating living standards in the region. Several hundred people then moved into Laayoune, blocking roads, setting fire to cars and throwing stones at police.
Monday’s early morning raid came hours before representatives from the Moroccan government and the Polisario Front met in New York for informal United Nations-sponsored talks aimed at ending the stalemate over the North African territory.
U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said it is “highly unfortunate” that the operation has affected the talks and called on all parties involved to exercise restraint in the days to come.
Morocco’s 1975 annexation of the resource-rich former Spanish colony sparked a war between its forces and Polisario insurgents, who maintain Morocco has consistently violated the human rights of the territory’s inhabitants, known as Sahrawis. Morocco, in turn, says Polisario forces have committed abuses at Sahrawi refugee camps in neighboring Algeria. Continue reading
Communique de Camarades du Maroc-10/21/10
With the deepening of the general crisis of imperialism, in a number of imperialist countries major attacks have been directed against the gains the working class has long struggled for. What happened in recent months in England or in France are examples.
These imperialist attacks also affected other peoples through plans and policies aimed at the division of the world. This is illustrated by the outbreak of the People’s War in Nepal, Peru, Philippines, and India–even though, in the latter country, the People’s War is experiencing a wave of encirclement and attempted annihilation led by the reactionary regime of India and supported by the imperialists.
In our country, facing the sharpening of class struggle, attacks against the reactionary regime Moroccan life of the masses takes the form of multiple plans affecting the privatization of all the vital sectors of the country (emergency plan … ) and the accompanying laws (law on political parties, the right to strike, press, law against so-called anti-terrorist ..) are, in turn, further reducing political and union freedoms.
This is illustrated by the recent crackdown on popular struggles that took place in villages and Ikli Ourika where houses were destroyed without any compensation to residents. Continue reading
The Moroccan government must be feeling shaky if it has to ban Al-Jazeera
Earth Times, 29 Oct 2010
Rabat – Morocco has withdrawn accreditation from correspondents of the Arab television channel al-Jazeera because of their “irresponsible” coverage of the North African kingdom, the Communication Ministry announced Friday. Al-Jazeera had violated the journalistic rules of “honesty, precision and objectivity” several times, the ministry said.
The Qatar-based channel’s coverage had tarnished Morocco’s image, downplaying its achievements in areas such as development, infrastructure projects, democracy and human rights, the ministry complained. It had also damaged Morocco’s interests in areas such as its territorial integrity, the communique said, in an apparent reference to Morocco’s claim over Western Sahara.
Al-Jazeera had not heeded several official warnings, the ministry said, explaining that Rabat had decided to expel the TV broadcaster after carefully evaluating its reports. The channel had also imported technical equipment without the required permits, the ministry added.
Al-Jazeera had reported critically on poverty in Morocco and on its policies in Western Sahara, a territory annexed after 1975, where separatists accuse Rabat of repression, observers said. Continue reading