In Paris, a demonstration organised by the Friends of the Democratic Arab Saharan Republic protested on January 27 against the involvement of Morocco in the Western Sahara.
SV Demonstrators walking through the Paris streets at night to the Moroccan Embassy
SV Leaders of march chanting into microphone (3 shots)
GV & SV Moroccan Embassy (2 shots)
SV Demonstrators chanting and waving flag of the Polisario Front (3 shots)
SV Demonstrators singing and waving clenched fists outside the gates of the Moroccan Embassy (4 shots)
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Background: In Paris, a demonstration organised by the Friends of the Democratic Arab Saharan Republic protested on January 27 against the involvement of Morocco in the Western Sahara. For seven years, guerrillas of the Polisario Front have been fighting to establish independence from Morocco. The demonstration, outside the Moroccan Embassy, came as President Mitterrand made his first state visit to Morocco. The organisers of the demonstration said that 90 per cent of the Western Sahara was now free from the troops of King Hassan of Morocco, but troops continued to occupy part of the territory. Monsieur Mitterrand said during his visit the solution to the independence problem lay in a referendum on self-determination, and he approved the decision of King Hassan to accept the referendum proposal approved by meeting of the Organisation of African Unity in Nairobi in 1981. The purpose of the demonstration was to reaffirm the right of the people of the Western Sahara to freedom and peace in their own lands.