Under the slogan “Not in my name”, this coming Saturday 26 March, at 12 noon, a rally will take place in Madrid outside the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in protest against the agreement between President Pedro Sánchez and the Moroccan monarchy, and to continue to demand the right to self-determination for the Saharawi people.

Here is the video that is circulating to call for…

This call has been made by the Coordinadora Estatal de Asociaciones Solidarias con el Sáhara (State Coordination of Associations in Solidarity with the Sahara) and it continues to be joined by groups, defenders of the inalienable right of peoples to decide their destiny.

We recall that Spain was the colonising power of Western Sahara and that it never carried out the process of decolonisation of the territories that made up its province 53, abandoning its duties by allowing Morocco to occupy it in 1975 (this was the first measure taken by the emeritus King Juan Carlos I, as soon as he took over as head of state afterwards, after having been elected by the dictator, who was dying in those days).

Since then, Spain had been advocating an agreed referendum, with the UN involved, by which the Sahrawi people could decide their future. Since 18 March, Pedro Sánchez and his foreign minister, José Manuel Albares, have maintained the opposite position, defending Morocco’s sovereignty over the occupied territories of Western Sahara.