Sahrawi “Ambassador” To President Obama: Press Morocco On U.N.-mandated Referendum For Self-Determination
Mouloud Said is the unofficial Ambassador of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR, or Western Sahara) to Washington, D.C. Unofficial because the U.S. — unlike almost every African country and many European and South American countries) doesn’t recognize the SADR which has been struggling against Moroccan occupation for decades. After defeating colonizing power Spain and occupiers Mauritania, the Sahrawis through POLISARIO front, its liberation army, previously led an armed struggle against Morocco until a United Nations brokered cease-fire in 1991 which was to be followed by a referendum. SADR is considered to be Africa’s “last colony.” Morocco has blocked the referendum for 25 years now.
Activists, politicians and trade unionists from Norway, Sweden, Canada, USA, Poland, and the Netherlands have in recent days attempted to enter Western Sahara. Their intent is to meet and interview local Saharawi activists about the human rights situation, and to investigate accusations of resource plundering of occupied Western Saharan territory. Twenty delegations requesting permission to enter Western Sahara have been deported by Moroccan authorities the last few days.
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