Associations Urge Spain to Give Spanish Victims of Polisario Justice

Rabat- Several Spanish associations have urged Spain to bring justice to hundreds of Canary Islands victims killed by Polisario in the 1970s and 1980s.During a recent meeting, several associations representing more than 6,000 workers from the Canary Islands victimized in Western Sahara by terrorist attacks from Polisario and other organizations, held talks with Spain’s interior minister, Fernando Grande Marlaska.The president of the Canary Association of Victims of Terrorism (ACAVITE), Lucia Jimenez, who represents 300 victims of Polisario’s “bloody and brutal” attacks, called for the Spanish government to take “urgent and immediate” measures. The aim of the meeting is to bring justice to the victims and their families who “suffered from the terrorist scourge by different terrorist groups in the last 50 years years,” reported Spanish news outlet, La Provincia, quoting the Autonomous Federation of Associations of Victims of Terrorism in Spain (FAAVTE).Read Also: UN Chief Meets Bourita, Praises Morocco’s Support for UN InitiativesFAAVTE also urged Marlaska to take legal measures against the Polisario Front and other organizations involved in the terrorist attacks, such as Terra Llure, a former Catalan terrorist organization, so that their crimes will not go unpunished.Between 1974 and 1976, Polisario led attacks on the phosphate conveyor belts in Laayoune in Western Sahara, in an attempt to stop Moroccan phosphate mining. Polisario also engaged in violent attacks on Spanish fishing vessels, the Moroccan army, and French nationals.Polisario’s targeting of Spanish citizens continued in the 1980s and claimed the lives of 300 civilians, according to a report by Spanish news website La Opinion de Tenerife. The report gives a detailed account of the attacks and the names of the victims.After the Western Sahara’s return to Morocco’s sovereignty in 1975, the Polisario used the assassination of Spanish civilians as a tactic to pressure Spain and punish it for signing a fishing agreement with Morocco 1976, which tacitly recognized the Western Sahara as Moroccan territory.