Following widespread reports on social media regarding large scale demonstrations against MINURSO in the Occupied Territories of Western Sahara, Adala UK can report on the actual situation on the ground following updates from members. Thousands demonstrated in the Western Saharan capital, coinciding with the speech given by the King on the 40th anniversary of the Green March. His words represented a decisive response to the international pressure for Morocco to agree to the Saharawi people’s right to a referendum on self-determination.
This is indicative of an escalation in the involvement of Moroccan settlers in the Moroccan government’s occupation of Western Sahara. Many settlers have been armed by the Moroccan military. In addition to calling for the expulsion of MINURSO, they have threatened to return to armed conflict and are using this as a bartering chip against the international community if they move towards organising a referendum for the Saharawi people.
The Moroccan government has incentivised Moroccans to settle in Western Sahara. Settlers are given support to buy houses, or have been allowed to occupy Saharawi properties that were abandoned in 1975 when their owners fled from the bombs being dropped by the Moroccan army.
Many Moroccan settlers are opting for a war against the Saharawi people, and against Algeria for their stance in the international debate about the situation. Together with a propaganda campaign in Moroccan media, there is a push to generate hatred of the Saharawi population amongst the Moroccan population and a stance to defend the Moroccan military conquests in the Saharawi territory.