Morocco cops crush protest by Sahrawis

Updated 26 March 2013
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Morocco cops crush protest by Sahrawis

ALGIERS: Moroccan police violently dispersed a protest by separatists in the Western Sahara, Algerian TV and rights activists reported yesterday, during a visit to the disputed territory by UN envoy Christopher Ross.
The independent Ennahar TV channel broadcast images of plainclothes Moroccan police beating Sahrawi men and women in Laayoune, chasing them through the streets and dragging some of them along the ground.
“The police violently dispersed Sahrawi activists who attempted to stage a protest demanding the independence of the Western Sahara,” an unidentified activist was quoted as saying.
Mahmoud Iguilid, the Laayoune representative of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights, confirmed the violent suppression of Sahrawi activists, which he said took place on Saturday, before a planned protest to coincide with Ross’s visit.
“Plainclothes police beat up the activists, many of them women, to prevent the protest. It happens every time there is a visit by a UN or human rights official,” he told AFP, adding that security in the region had been heavily reinforced.


Turkish police detain 14 Daesh suspects before elections

Updated 14 min 53 sec ago
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Turkish police detain 14 Daesh suspects before elections

ANKARA: Turkish police detained 14 suspected Daesh members who were preparing an attack in Ankara ahead of this weekend’s elections, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Friday.
Counter-terror squad police in the capital swooped on various addresses in simultaneous raids and took the suspects, all foreign nationals, to police headquarters for questioning, the agency said.
Turks vote on Sunday in presidential and parliamentary elections that will trigger a change to a powerful presidential system.
Police in Turkey regularly carry out operations targeting the militant group.
Daesh has carried out numerous bombings across Turkey in recent years, including an attack on a nightclub in Istanbul on Jan. 1, 2017, in which 39 people were killed and a bombing in the city’s historic heart that killed 12 in 2016.