Friday, June 18, 2010



Kicks off 40th anniversary of historical Zemla uprising

Smara (Refugee Camps) June 17, 2010 (SPS) - The activities in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Historical Zemla uprising has been launched Thursday in the Wilaya of Smara, Sahrawi refugee camps.

The activities were held in the presence of the President of the Republic, Mohamed Abdelaziz, besides members of the National Secretariat and government, political and military cadres, delegations from Algeria and Libya and historical figures of comrades of the leader of the Movement for the Liberation of Saguia El Hamra and Río de Oro, deceased Mohamed Ibrahim Bassiri.

Parades were held on the occasion in the middle of a square crowded with people, where traditional tents built symbolizing those embraced, 40 years ago in Zemla district, the rebelling members of the Movement for the Liberation of Saguia El Hamra and Río de Oro, before they were raided by the Spanish police and troops in that fateful day.

The ceremony which lasted for two hours was marked by the speech of President Mohamed Abdelaziz, Secretary General of the Polisario Front, admiring the steadfastness of Sahrawi prisoners and detainees in Moroccan prisons and denouncing the persecutions which they are exposed to.

The President of the Republic inaugurated the exhibitions organized on the sidelines of the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the first uprising in Western Sahara against Spanish colonialism June 17, 1970, which reflects historical aspects and observe the evolution of the intifada in various stages since then, particularly after its rebirth May 21, 2005, in its new dress, Intifada of Independence, besides the cultural, political and historical aspects of the Saharawi people's continued struggle for freedom and independence. (SPS)

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