One million march in Morocco

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http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/03/14/one-million-march-morocco

Up to one million Moroccans have marched through their capital to protest the UN secretary-general’s remarks about the contested Western Sahara territory.

It was an unusually massive show of public anger for Morocco, and was encouraged by leading political parties.

Morocco considers the vast mineral-rich Western Sahara as its “southern provinces” and took offence when UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon used the word “occupation” after a visit this month to refugee camps for the region’s native Sahrawis in southern Algeria.

Protesters on Sunday packed the streets of Rabat after political parties, unions and non-governmental groups called for a national demonstration. Authorities claimed there were up to three million people taking part.

“The Sahara is ours,” some chanted.

Marchers waved Moroccan flags and a banner showing King Mohammed VI.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the UN was aware of the protests taking place in Morocco.

“While the Secretary-General acknowledges that there are differences of opinion on the Western Sahara issue, he continues to believe that, 40 years after, it is important to resolve this long-standing dispute and open the way to the return of the Sahrawi refugees to their homes.”

The UN has been trying for years to hold a referendum on independence for the territory, which was annexed by Morocco when Spain withdrew in 1975. Morocco proposes increased autonomy instead.

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a million..thats a large turnout..politically organised in protest against the weseal ki-moon..

“Protesters on Sunday packed the streets of Rabat after political parties, unions and non-governmental groups called for a national demonstration. Authorities claimed there were up to three million people taking part.”

this is my favorite bit though:

“UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the UN was aware of the protests taking place in Morocco.”

oh really??

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~ by seeker401 on March 15, 2016.

3 Responses to “One million march in Morocco”

  1. More franchises available over in Morocco… divvy it up pls.

  2. Looks like another “spring” movement for these mineral assets .
    Also part of the caliphate supernation no 7.
    Cant have any sovereign kings getting in the way of Libya type “democracy”.
    I see the whole of North Africa “democratising ” from Libya westwards.

  3. Morocco demands U.N. cut 84 staff from Western Sahara mission

    http://news.trust.org/item/20160317141042-ov534/?source=hpMostPopularTheWire

    Morocco ordered the United Nations on Thursday to pull 84 international staff from its Western Sahara mission after accusing U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon of no longer being neutral in a conflict over the disputed territory.

    The Moroccan government, however, reversed a previously announced decision to withdraw all of its troops from U.N. peacekeeping missions worldwide.

    U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters that Morocco said the United Nations and the African Union have three days to remove 84 civilian staff from Western Sahara.

    Dujarric said, “All of these measures would seriously impede the functioning” of the mission known as MINURSO, or the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara.

    U.N. political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman briefed the Security Council behind closed doors. He said the Moroccan ambassador had sent him a text message announcing that the 3-day deadline had been extended to “within the days to come,” diplomats at the meeting told Reuters.

    The staff to be withdrawn includes security personnel, political officers, and de-mining personnel.

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