Breaking news: Expulsion of U.S. citizens by Moroccan security forces in Western Sahara

Moroccan authorities continue their campaign of evicting those in solidarity with the people of Western Sahara. This time 2 Americans, who participated in the recent events in Art Tifariti at the Sahraouis refugee camp. Mon, 11/24/2014 – 3:00pm, El Aaiun (occupied territories). The Moroccan occupation authorities expelled Saturday, two American artists from El Aaiun on a visit to find out about the situation in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, according to Saharawi human rights source. The two artists, Tennessee Waston and Yeshe had meetings with Brahim Dahane, president of the ASVDH and El Ghalia Djimi, a member of the same association, on the violations of human rights committed against Saharawis by Morocco .
The Moroccan police agents in plainclothes and uniforms besieged the residence of the sympathizers in the occupied city of El Aaiun before ordering them to leave the city as “personas non gratas”. The two American artists were forced by elements of the Moroccan police into a taxi to take them to Agadir (southern Morocco), added the source.
ASVDH denounced this action, recalling that the Moroccan occupier aims through this expulsion of sympathizers with the Saharawi people’s right to self-determination to conceal its flagrant human rights abuses against Sahrawi activists in the occupied territories. ASVDH denounces this position, and invites everyone who was expelled from Western Sahara to organize in order to counter this flagrant violation of their individual rights, and send letters to the participants at the World Forum of Human Rights in Marrakech from this Thursday, Nov. 27 to Nov. 30, 2014 and denounce this expulsion that affects all supporters of Western Sahara self-determination.

Witness: “Tennessee Watson and Yeshe arrived in Laayoune on Friday evening, Nov. 21, 2014, and on Saturday contacted El Ghalia Djimi of ASVDH [Association of Victims of Grave Violations of Human Rights], who accompanied them home Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at 1pm to attend a meeting with members of the ASVDH. Around 7:00 pm we brought them to the hotel and we saw two police officers with their motorcycles, monitoring the hotel. At about 9pm, Mr Dahane, President of ASVDH, paid a visit to the two Americans and found them surrounded by a large number of plain-clothes and uniformed police officers who informed him that these people were undesirables, and the police ordered them to leave the city, calling a taxi to take them to Agadir.”


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