Western Sahara. Violence erupted on November 8 near
Western Sahara's largest city, El-Aaiún, when police stormed
the newly formed protest camp Gadaym Izik. According to the
Western Sahara Independence Movement Polisario, 36 people
were killed. According to Moroccan authorities, the number
was killed, of which ten were Moroccan soldiers. About
20,000 people lived in the camp, which was set up in protest
of difficult social conditions in the area. Polisario stated
that 163 of them were arrested in connection with the storm.
The human rights organization Human Rights Watch reported
that many of the arrested were battered, tortured and
threatened with rape. The storming was conducted the same
day as new talks between the parties began in New York.
Morocco was prepared to give Western Sahara a measure of
self-government, but Polisario wanted a referendum on the
issue of full independence.