Sahrawi flotilla

News in Brief

On 2 September, activists from Western Sahara, and solidarity activists from Spain announced their decision to launch a flotilla for the independence of Western Sahara. The plan is to set off from the Canary Islands and dock in Laayoune, the capital of Western Sahara, occupied by Morocco since 1975. The fleet, which has been named “Mahfoud Ali Beiba”, will set off in the first quarter of 2011 with the aim to breaking the “information blockade suffered by the Sahrawi people.” A Moroccan government spokesperson said: “It was a ridiculous act, illegal and provocative to the extent that the authors have hurt the feeling of Moroccans.”
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Topics: Western Sahara