The bases of the PSOE are organized against the turn of Sánchez and Albares on the Sahara

In the ranks of the PSOE and the Government of Pedro Sanchez They are aware that the conflict of the Occidental Sahara It is a matter of special sensitivity among its bases and electorate. They already recognized this last year when the head of the Executive, in a letter addressed to the King of Morocco Mohamed VI, decided to change the historical position of Spain and endorse autonomy as the most serious, realistic and credible option to put an end to the conflict. Few voices raised their voices publicly. But almost a year later, a group of militants has launched a manifesto demanding that his party respect International Law, the self-determination of the Saharawi people and the culmination of the decolonization process.

Under the name of “Socialists for the Sahara”, this group has created a web page where you can read the manifesto, its justifications and the way to adhere to it online. “The contribution of the PSOE to the solution of the Western Sahara conflict must include respect for International Law, the exercise of the right of self-determination for the Saharawi people and the culmination of the decolonization process, as supported by its congressional resolutions and the commitments assumed in the electoral program of the PSOE”, states the headline of the text.

He manifesto itself consists of four points. “We proclaim our defense of the position adopted by the PSOE in its electoral program and in the Resolutions of its 40th Congress, and, by extension, in defense of international legality, of the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and of the inalienable right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination”, the first highlighted.

“We request the Government of Spain and its President, in his capacity also as General Secretary of the PSOE, that the action that it develops be in accordance with the commitments adopted and the responsibilities that Spain has for the conclusion of the decolonization process of Western Sahara and exercise of the right of self-determination by the Saharawi people”, says the second.

“We require that the Government of Spain and its President work actively in the diplomatic, bilateral and multilateral arena, and in the context of the United Nations, to promote a peaceful solution to the Western Sahara conflict that is respectful of international law and that allows the Saharawi people the exercise of the right of self-determination that contemplates, through a fair and impartial referendum, the option of independence“says the third.

“We demand that the Government of Spain and its President advocate for the defense of Human Rights in Western Saharaactively defending their protection, resolutely opposing the violations of rights committed in a context of occupation and colonization of the territory, and segregation of the Saharawi population, caused by Morocco”, ends the text.

The text was released publicly February 27. A symbolic date for the commemoration of the anniversary of the proclamation of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR). The text is open to the adhesion of as many militants or sympathizers of the PSOE wish to add their signature. The website enabled for this also includes a section with the “motivation” and “background” of this manifesto.

It includes historical references and also documentation on the UN, the role of Spain and the commitments of the PSOE. In the analysis, they criticize Sánchez’s endorsement of autonomy. “Accepting a solution such as the one proposed unilaterally by the Kingdom of Morocco (an undefined autonomy regime) and dispensing with the exercise of self-determination by the Saharawi people, departs from International Law and seeks to impose, in this way, an unlawful outcome”point to the text.

“It involves, at the same time, an attempt to legitimize the status quo current situation, which is none other than the occupation resulting from the exercise of force by Morocco and the consequent colonization of the territory of Western Sahara, in which a
graciously granted autonomy, where the subjects of political rights are by administrative proximity and which presumably will therefore be overwhelmingly controlled by the colonists, would mean nothing more than the perpetuation of the regime of repression and segregation of the Saharawi populationdefinitively converted into a subordinate group in its own country”, continues the text.

In short, as the document closes, “the conflict in Western Sahara is not, in short, the result of the expression of a “regional” concern that can be accommodated with a regime of autonomy.” “Is a military occupation of the territory since November 1975 and the establishment of a system of repressive colonization with the Saharawi population”, add the militants of the PSOE.

At the moment, on the web they appear about 100 people. There are no names from the first line, although militants do appear, such as the former Basque deputy Odón Elorza, some public officials, especially in the Balearic Islands, such as the regional deputies Enric Casanova and Beatriz Gamundi, among others. There are also firms from Asturias, Andalusia or Madrid, among other territories.

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