Samidoun solidarity message salutes Sahrawi student congress in Algeria

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network sent a message of solidarity to the fourth congress of the Sahrawi Student Union, taking place in Algeria. The statement expresses the historical ties between the Palestinian liberation movement and the people of Western Sahara, as well as rejecting the ongoing normalization project, sponsored by the U.S., between Morocco and the Israeli regime. Samidoun further urges the liberation of all Moroccan and Sahrawi political prisoners in Moroccan prisons.

The statement (in the video above) follows:

On behalf of Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, we congratulate you and express our deepest solidarity as you organise the fourth national Congress of Sahrawi Student Unions. 

For more than forty years, the heroic Sahrawi national liberation struggle against imperialism and occupation has inspired millions around the world to confront their oppressors.

As the people of Western Sahara has been unwavering in their support of the Palestinian cause, Samidoun asserts its commitment to what historic Palestinian revolutionary leader, Al-Hakim, Dr. George Habash taught us more than 40 years ago. 

Our support of your struggle and a reminder of the interconnectedness of all struggles in the region against reactionary Arab regimes collaborating with the Zionist movement. This sentiment is as true today as it ever was. 

Two years ago, Morocco normalised its relationships with the Zionist entity, a position sold to the United States for its recognition of Moroccan claims to occupy Western Sahara.  Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network stands with the right of the Sahrawi people to struggle for their just cause, through social, cultural, political, armed and other forms of struggle.

As an internationalist network we have worked to support and liberate the prisoners of Palestine for more than ten years. However, it is very clear to us that we must confront imperialism and colonialism not only in Palestine, but in the Philippines, in Ireland and crucially Western Sahara.

The Student Unions represent an invaluable link in the chain of liberation. The consciousness, militancy and political power of the youth and students is central to the success of any struggle for national liberation. 

The struggles for Palestinian and Sahrawi liberation have always been connected. From al-Hakim to the present day, the Palestinians and the Sahrawi people share the common enemies imperialism, Arab reaction and Zionism.

Samidoun Network sends its warmest greetings of solidarity to the fourth congress of the Student Unions.