Plainclothes Moroccan police beat up Sahrawi protesters

Moroccan police beat up pro-independence Sahrawi protesters after a visit by a British MP.

Plainclothes Moroccan police beat up Sahrawi protesters
World Bulletin / News Desk

Plainclothes Moroccan police violently broke up a peaceful pro-independence protest in the Western Sahara city of Laayoune after a visit by a British MP.
 
About 100 activists gathered on Saturday evening in the neighbourhood of Maatallah, despite police efforts to block the protest, according to Hamoud Iguilid from the Moroccan Association of Human Rights (AMDH).

The protesters were demanding the release of political prisoners and an extension of the UN peacekeeping force's mandate to include human rights monitoring.

They were attacked after a car carrying British MP Jeremy Corbyn and a member of the AMDH had left the area.

Morocco controls most of Western Sahara, which it began annexing in 1975 in a move never recognised by the international community, and which it considers an integral part of its territory.
 
The Polisario Front rejects Rabat's proposal of wide autonomy for the former Spanish colony and has campaigned for independence since 1973.
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