Gabriel describes the so-called Moroccan “Green March” of Nov. 6, 1975 as peaceful, but the reality was starkly different. The civilian invaders that crossed into Western Sahara were accompanied by 20,000 Moroccan troops, and had been preceded by Moroccan military attacks as early as Oct. 31, 1975. On the day of the Green March, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 380, deploring it and calling for its immediate reversal. A month earlier, the International Court of Justice had rejected Morocco’s claim over Western Sahara and confirmed the legal right of the Saharawi people to a process of self-determination. To this day, no country in the world recognizes Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara.
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