Welcome back to Gorilla Radio’s home edition, recorded on this date November 16th, 2020.
Saturday, the uneasy truce between Morocco and the Saharawi people of Western Sahara cracked. It started with a road blocked by a peaceful protest, but the heavy-handed response by occupying Moroccan forces quickly escalated into what the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic government-in-exile says is the, “resumption of armed struggle in defense of the legitimate rights of our people.”
Photo: Addad Amami, Oxfam
The New York Times reports, the Western Sahara pro-independence organization, Polisario Front has declared war, breaking a thirty years-old, UN-brokered ceasefire agreement between Morocco and the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic.
Dr. Jeffrey Smith is a Canadian law academic and lawyer who’s written extensively on Western Sahara human rights and environmental protections under international law. He’s served as legal advisor to the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic for more than a decade.
Today, Dr. Jeffrey Smith and the straw that broke the back of peace in Western Sahara.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: https://cfuv.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/