Western Sahara rally ‘biggest ever’

AFP-JIJI

Hundreds of proindependence Sahrawi activists marched in Laayoune at the weekend, the Western Sahara’s largest city, in the biggest protest in several decades, Moroccan press said Monday.

Some 500 people marched peacefully late Saturday afternoon, but violence broke out in the evening after the protest, wounding 21 policemen, according to several papers.

The clashes also wounded an unknown number of activists, said Hamoud Iguilid, the local representative of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights.

Mohamed Salem Charkaoui from Morocco’s official National Human Rights Council, cited by news website Lakome, said 2,000 people marched in the Laayoune protest.