Violent protests against Moroccan rule erupt in Western Sahara

What started as a peaceful protest by hundreds of pro-independence Sahrawi activists in Laayoune, the Western Sahara's largest city, erupted into violent confrontations. At least 21 policemen and an unknown number of activists were wounded. Protests also took place in other Western Saharan towns on Sunday, including in Smara. Up to 17 security forces personnel were wounded trying to disperse protesters. No information was available on the number of activists who might have been injured. Some countries advise their citizens to avoid all travel in the Western Sahara. Regardless, travellers should always exercise caution and avoid all public and political demonstrations since they may become violent without warning.

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