Polisario a terrorist group, says Spanish party at parliament

Polisario a terrorist group, says Spanish party at parliament

Miguel Ángel Gutierrez of Ciudadanos party said the Polisario is a terrorist group that has Spanish blood on its hands.

Speaking at a session held by the detractors of Spain’s reconciliation with Morocco, Gutierrez compared Polisario’s actions to ETA terrorism in Spain.

“Defending an organization such as the Polisario equals to supporting ETA. This is something that this parliament should not tolerate. Let’s not be fooled: The Poliario is a terrorist group. They assassinated 289 Spanish citizens,” he told Spanish MPs.

The decision by the Spanish presidency to support Morocco’s autonomy plan for its southern provinces as “the most serious, realistic and credible” solution to the Sahara issue, was met with opposition from some political formations in Spain that are nostalgic to a bygone colonial era with an endemic desire to undermine Morocco whom they see with stereotypical lenses.

Gutierrez recalled the massacres perpetrated by the Polisario against Canary Islands fishermen in the 1970s and 1980s.

ACAVITE is an association that has been demanding justice for the Canary Islands’ victims of the Polisario and has been among the civil society organizations that pushed for the trial of Brahim Ghali, whose entry to Spain in April last year using a false identity led to a crisis between Morocco and Spain.

In a joint statement following a visit by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to Rabat Thursday, Morocco and Spain said they will open a new page based on mutual respect and permanent consultation, underpinned by Spanish support for Morocco’s sovereignty over the Sahara.

The end of the diplomatic tension between the two countries brought concrete achievements serving the best interests of the two people and their economies.

These include the immediate resumption of maritime passenger traffic and the reopening of land borders as well as the reactivation of cooperation at the economic, trade, industry and security levels.

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