Rabat – King Felipe VI of Spain received, on Monday, Lucia Jimenez, the President of Canarian Association of Terrorism Victims (Acavite). During the meeting, Jimenez sensitized the King to the attacks committed by the separatist group during Spain’s colonization of Western Sahara.
Jimenez was received by the King on the sidelines of a Human Rights Award ceremony entitled Adolfo Suarez, presented by the Spanish Foundation of Terrorism Victims, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).
Acavite president also discussed with the King the situation of the victims who have not received help since Polisario’s attacks.
According to Spanish news outlet El Dia, Jimenez said during the ceremony that both Spain and Morocco at that time, had an agreement of security, protection and aid for Spanish skilled workers and their families affected by the brutal attacks committed by the Polisario Front on the Phosboucraa site between 1974 and 1977.
The attacks, according to Jimenez, occurred on the phosphate conveyer belt in Laayoun from 1974 to 1977. The front attacked the conveyor belts in an attempt to stop the phosphate mining. Polisario also started violent attacks on Spanish fishing vessels, Moroccan army and French nationals.
Polisario’s guerrilla attacks resumed throughout the 70s. Acavite president sensitized the King about the situation of widows and orphans in the Canary Islands as a result of Polisario’s guerrilla attacks.
The Spanish Kings received the Adolfo Suarez Human Rights Defense Award from The Terrorism Victims Foundation at the ceremony that held at Reina Sofia Museum on Monday in Madrid.