Wednesday, October 08, 2008


Sandblast-arts organises a “mass public protest reading” in London in favour of Western Sahara



The British cultural organisation, Sandblast-arts, will organise “a mass public protest reading” of the 1975 International Court of Justice’s legal opinion, it indicated in a press release.

The text stresses that the Centre for the Study of Colonialism Empire and International Law and Sandblast are hosting “the first ever Western Saharathon”, where Students from all over the United Kingdom will congregate at SOAS to join with academics, activists and artists for a marathon public reading of the International Court of Justice’s Advisory Opinion (over 200 pages long)”.

These mass public reading, will take place at SOAS, in front of the Brunei Gallery, near “Russell Square tube” this October 16 to 31, from 12 p.m-01 p.m, except on weekends, the press release indicated.

The reading is a way to mark the 33rd anniversary of the International Court of Justice’s Advisory Opinion on the Western Sahara, issued on the 16th October 1975, and “famously upholding the right of self-determination of the people of Western Sahara over the territorial claims of neighbouring states, Morocco and Mauritania”.

It is also a way “to publicise and protest the continuing occupation of Western Sahara by Morocco, and the complicity of the international community in retreating from the right of self-determination”.

The organisation also asked for “at least 2 volunteers to help on Oct 16 and 17 to man the Sandblast stand, collect donations, sign-ups for the mailing list etc. Anyone who is able to help on other dates after these is also welcome to express his or her interest”.


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