Last week there were armed clashes in the Western Sahara between the Morocan military and the region’s independence movement Polisario Front. Western Sahara is a former Spanish colony that was occupied by Morocco in 1975. The Polisario Front fought against the occupation and in 1976, with the support of Algeria and Libya, proclaimed the Democratic Arab Republic of the Sahara. Since 1991 there has been a truce between the two sides, that now seems to be over.
Much concern has been raised globally this new National Security legislation. It has been met with widespread protest movements, and criticism from many democratic nations. The laws significantly restrict freedom of speech, and also affects both residents, and non-residents. Severe penalties are to be imposed for secession, subversion, and terrorism.