The Canary Islands — Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, La Graciosa, Alegranza, Isla de Lobos, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste — are located just off the northwest coast of Africa, and currently ruled by Spain.
Local support for self-determination in the Canary Islands has been growing in recent years, and independence is considered a viable alternative to Spanish misrule.
The Canary Islands are represented in the OEAS by VECINOS UNIDOS CANARIOS (logo above).
The Canary Islands consist of 7 islands, and 6 islets, which are located in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Tropic of Cancer — part of Macaronesia, the collective name for several groups of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Europe and Africa. The islands are located just 95 kilometers from the African continent (from Fuerteventura), and APPROXIMATELY 1,400 MILES FROM SPAIN.
The archipelago has been inhabited since before the 5th century BC by Amazigh people (Berbers) from the north of the African continent. But after 2,000 years of relative calm, mercenaries under the command of the kings of Castile and Aragon (Spain today) began their conquest, during which a large part of the Canarian population was massacred, another part was sold into slavery in the slave markets of Seville and Valencia, and the rest were forced to adopt European customs, and accept the invaders as masters.
Apart from physical genocide, of which there is abundant documentary evidence, Spain colonists also performed cultural genocide by imposing on their new Canary Islands servants customs and religion by force. However, current anthropological reports confirm that "prehispanic human groups survive mostly in the current population", and prehispanic cultural traditions have also survived all these centuries of colonial rule.
Currently, the Canary Islands are under the control of an alleged "autonomous" government, yet all the riches go directly to Madrid (Spain), while according to a Caritas report, "50% of the Canarian population is under the poverty line."
Today the islands are overpopulated with a foreign population, in order to avoid that Canary Islands indigenous people vote for self-determination, as in the Sahara.
VECINOS UNIDOS CANARIOS ("United Canarian Neighbours") has asked the UN to include the archipelago in the list of territories to be decolonized. It has also made similar demands to the Spanish Senate and House. All of this while Spain has camouflaged the Canary Islands as an outermost region.
The OEAS also supports the call for the United Nations to declare the Canary Islands a territory to be decolonized, and for an investigation of historic Spanish civil rights abuses in the islands. OEAS Secretary General Ebenezer Akwanga, and Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Jonathan Levy note the OEAS stands ready to monitor the situation should the Spanish government attempt to interfere with the growing support for independence.
For more information contact:
Dr. Jonathan Levy, PhD
Chief Administrative Officer OEAS
For information on VECINOS UNIDOS CANARIOS contact:
Vecinos Unidos Canarios
News on the Canary Islands:
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