Moroccans stormed Algerian Embassy in Rabat
Dozens of Moroccans stormed on Thursday, the headquarters of the Embassy of Algeria in the Moroccan capital Rabat for two hours, chanting slogans against the state and people of Algeria and waving signs with the photo of the Saharawi policeman, accused by his country of spying for the Moroccan security authorities.
- The assailants numbering over one hundred and fifty, gathered last Thursday at ten o'clock in the morning outside the main entrance of the headquarters of the embassy, asking to see the Algerian ambassador to hand him a document with their claims. All this happened without the Moroccan security services move a finger to disperse the attackers, who were directed and supervised by associations linked to the Makhzen who claim to defend what they call "the Moroccan Sahara."
- These protesters have crisscrossed the streets of the capital in a caravan, under the gaze of the "police" and security services of the Moroccan city of Nador in the direction of the occupied Sahraoui city of Smara.
- Arrived at the headquarters of the Embassy of Algeria in Rabat, they stormed it without the security services intervened, while the internal security elements filmed the scene of the violation of the Embassy siege with digital cameras.
- The demonstrators refused to leave until they have submitted their papers to the Algerian ambassador.
- Despite the clear provocation of the Moroccans, the Algerian embassy officials have behaved with great diplomacy and wisdom. An official of the embassy was charged to receive the letter to prevent further provocations.
- The storming of the embassy is a first in the history of relations between Algeria and Morocco although Algeria has always reminded that the question of Western Sahara was an affair between the Sahara and Morocco, and submitted to the UN in the context of decolonization.
- This act could have adverse effects on the diplomacy of both countries, while Algeria has always tried to respect the neighbor country and to ensure the safety of its embassy despite the visible involvement of the Makhzen and the previous attempts to create “Fitna” in Algeria in the nineties.
- Ennahar / F. Ismail