These Moroccans, parliamentarians, civil society actors and students were in turn "shocked, surprised and amazed" by cons-truths, false testimony and excessive exaggeration of non-verified facts given to a public unfamiliar with the subject.
Spanish star Javier Bardem, who seems "sure of his case," an "actor" who "serves no party", documents his film with excerpts drawn from "propaganda sites" Sahara only knows about the Sahara the "truth given by Polisario and Algeria," speakers criticized.
Morocco, by "recovering territories succeeded where Spain failed," noted the Sahrawi elected official Mbarka Bouaida at the opening of the debate, questioning the true "timing of this event».
Within a few years, the Sahara has become a dynamic region displaying a prosperous economy, ranked among the top three destinations in Morocco, with respect to Mrs. Kerry Kennedy whose "hateful" testimony against the Kingdom is "inaccessible", though she gives "an account of her recent visit to Laayoune" full of "cons-truths" and showing "shocking photos."
"Let me remind you Mrs. Kennedy, among others, image manipulation for hiden ends," said Mbarka Bouaida in a reference to the unfortunate episode of the Spanish Channel "Antena 3". When innocent victims of mere news Casablanca toured the world through Spanish media manipulated by the separatists.
Slightly embarrassed, the moderator, member of the Kennedy Foundation, citing the allotted time, suddenly interrupted her and invited a second speaker who is a Moroccan from Sahrawi origin.
"My name is Lahcen Ould Mbarek Ould Omar Ould Rami Mahraoui native of the Sahara, where I grew up. Now living in Europe, I often come back to my country, Morocco, where I have the opportunity to see with my eyes the great positive changes taking place in our region," said the researcher, Corcas member, living in the Paris region.
To Mrs Kennedy, he criticized her for not responding to an "open letter" addressed by members of the Moroccan Sahrawi of Tribes in Europe just after the preliminary report of her visit to the Moroccan Sahara and Tindouf camps. A quick reading of the open letter that Mr. Mahraoui displayed on his computer, clearly informs about the reasons of Kennedy’s visit to the region that "were political rather than humanitarian."
For his part, Javier Bardem, among others, will be questioned about his "bias" in the choice of the documentary title "Sons of clouds: last colony." "What colony are you talking about? Is it Ceuta and Melilla or Chafarinas islands "? An invective which somewhat destabilized the actor.
Addressing Aminatou Haidar, Lahcen Mahraoui said to her "No doubt, madam, you have been victim as well as other Moroccans in other regions of the Kingdom during the dark years, but nothing prevents you to recognize here that you were compensated under the recommendations of the Equity and Reconciliation Commission," he said, adding surprised that "all violations in Tindouf, Algeria are ignored" by this pannel. Haidar received 60,000 dollars as compensation, he concluded.
Interrupted, Lahcen Mahroui yielded the floor to another speaker who is also a Moroccan Sahrawi, Amina Mae El Ainine. Another one! She critisized Haidar contesting her right to continue to speak on behalf of Sahrawis.
"From whom did you get this legitimacy to speak on behalf of Sahrawis," insisted the young MP present at the United Nations in the context of the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
"Me as an elected representative, I can testify here all the advances in the southern provinces today, a large development center," before turning back to Javier Bardem to ask what about "how Spain, the former colonial power, left in the region in 1975, except from a desolate area. "
The moderator wanted, again, to stop a debate that was not going in the expected direction, gave the floor to "last person" a young "Moroccan-American" who shouted her "bitterness and disgust" to see the negative image some institutions and NGOs who claim to be human rights defenders" try to convey in an imaginary place.
"I do not allow you to speak this way about my country," said the young Student, before the "debate is finally closed" by the organizers obviously very upset and surprised by the stand of speakers, all contradicting panel members restoring the reality on the ground and even pushing Haidar to recognize that "most members of her own family" defend the Moroccan Sahara.
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