THE LONG MARCH CONTINUES
While the United States acts to placate an old ally - Morocco, and the United Nations tries to wash its hands of the whole situation, the people of the Western Sahara continue their more than quarter century long fight for independence.
On Monday, activists including union members, students, human rights campaigners and others rallied outside the UN office in Sydney, Australia in support of the people of Western Sahara. Ironically, the action came on the same day that East Timor celebrated its independence. While the UN has largely backed the East Timorese push for independence, it is showing clear signs of walking away from the north African nation which was brutally invaded and occupied by neighboring Morocco in 1975. The Security Council will decide between four options for the country in July, but the United States is backing a move to hand over of the territory to Morocco. Western Sahara Alliance spokesperson Julie Power said that the
protest called on the UN to back a more fair option