Tuesday, November 6, 2012

On November 6

On this day in ...
... 1975, began "a mass trek of 350,000 Moroccans into Western Sahara (former Spanish Sahara)" that came to be known as the Green March. Marchers aimed to claim more than 100,000 square miles desert lands (in red on map) held by the Polisario Front, a national liberation group comprising persons of Sahrawi descent. The march occurred at the behest of Morocco's leader, King Hassan II, soon after the issuance of an International Court of Justice decision holding the Western Sahara was subject to decolonization. As posted, the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara continues to this day, notwithstanding U.N. efforts to bring about a peaceful settlement to the situation. The United Nations' envoy visited the region over the weekend, amid reports of "systemic violence and police brutality."

(Prior November 6 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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