Report on the international trade union visit to WS, February 2008
Read the report on the international trade union delegation to occupied Western Sahara from 17th to 22nd of February 2008.  
Published: 09.11 - 2008 12:57Printer version    
"On arrival at El-Ayoun, and while they were holding their first meeting with former workers for Spanish companies, the block of buildings containing the private house where the meeting was going on, was surrounded by police and the military, with the presence of the Deputy Governor, in a clear attitude of intimation for both the Saharawis and the delegation.

For more than one hour, our passports were held and we were interrogated on various matters, then we were then “kindly invited” to go to the State Security building in El Ayoun where our passports were withdrawn and we were retained for about two hours while our host, Eddia Sidi Ahmed Moussa, was interrogated for several hours. The next day, he was again interrogated in the Security offices, and throughout our visit we were “accompanied” with very little discretion by members of the police or the army who followed us wherever we went. Our liberation was no doubt the result of fast intervention by the respective foreign services or embassies, which were immediately notified."


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