30 March 2013

Tunisia: Creation of Tunisian-Saharawi Solidarity Committee

Tunes — Tunisian Committee of Solidarity with Saharawi People formed today, Saturday, in Tunes in the presence of a number of Tunisia's representatives of civil society and students, as well as sympathizers from Algeria, Mauritania and Europe, in addition to the Saharawi delegation taking part at the World Social Forum.

Speaking during the event, the President of the European Coordination of Committees in Support of Western Sahara and President of the International Committee of the Support to Palestinian People Mr. Pierre Galand said that the participants at 2013 World Social Forum have sent this time a strong message of support to the Saharawi people and against racism practiced on the Palestinians.

The respect for international law is a respect to the right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination," said Mr. Galand, adding that Morocco "should be tried before an international court for his crimes in the Western Sahara, like those crimes committed by the Israeli occupation in Palestine.

"There is collusion at the international level, especially France which prevents the Security Council from taking tough stances towards Morocco as well as Spain, which turn a blind eye. Theses powers contribute to the theft and looting of the natural resources of the Sahrawi people," he added.

Mohamed Fodil Harkati, from the General Union of Tunisian Students, said that there is "a terrible" media blackout and a new kind of colonialism in Western Sahara.

"How we can speak about dignity, which is the title of this forum, while the Saharawi people being bombarded by napalm and phosphorus, and how we can talk about human rights while the most basic human rights of our Saharawi brothers being violated," he lamented, recalling in this regard to the position of the Tunisian Students Union, which was expressed on February 1975, when they announced in the Tunisian University their standing with the just causes in the world, mainly the Palestinian and Saharawi issue.

"We vow from here to stand in order to break the wall of silence imposed on the Saharawi people," he added.

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