The Secretary of the Movement for the Self-Determination and Independence of the Canaries Archipelago (MPAIAC), Acosta Domingo, visited the Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam, to attend the organisation of African Unity (OAU) committee on the liberation of Africa, on Thursday (22 June).
CU Mr Acosta Domingo, Canary Island independence spokesman, addressing news conference.
Mr. Domingo also commented on the role of the Canary Islands in the black nationalist independence movement in Southern Africa. He said the Canaries were an important communications link between South Africa and Europe and that all such links would be cut once the Canary Islands gained independence. Mr. Domingo said the guerrilla was would be stepped up until Spain agreed to withdraw from the islands and predicted that "liberated zones" would be established on the Canaries within the next 18 months.
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Background: The Secretary of the Movement for the Self-Determination and Independence of the Canaries Archipelago (MPAIAC), Acosta Domingo, visited the Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam, to attend the organisation of African Unity (OAU) committee on the liberation of Africa, on Thursday (22 June). Mr. Domingo is representing the MPAIAC as an observer at the conference, which is being held in preparation for next month's OAU summit meeting in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital. Mr. Domingo explained to a news conference, the reason for the campaign against Spanish rule of the Canary Islands, and outlined the history of the guerrilla movement.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Domingo said the OAU had recognised the right of the Canary Islanders to self-determination since 1968. He stressed that his organisation and the OAU considered the islands to be part of Africa, and not a colony of Spain. Mr. Domingo is to appeal for OAU recognition of the MPAIAC during the Khartoum summit meeting. The guerrilla movement has waged a campaign of terrorism to support its demand for independence. Mr. Domingo explained that the recent history of violence dated from the killing of a MPAIAC activist by the Spanish police on the islands in 1976. After rioting throughout the Canaries, the MPAIAC offered the Spanish government a three-point plan for a peaceful settlement.
The MPAIAC are demanding that Spain accept the OAU declaration of the right of the Canary Islands to independence. They also went Spain to acknowledge the MPAIC as the legitimate representative of the islanders and to set up talks, under OAU supervision, leading to the end of Spanish rule.
The Spanish government has not replied to the demands and since 1976, armed MPAIAC forces have been fighting a guerrilla war against Spanish authority in the Canaries. Spain has agreed to the Secretary General of the OAU, Eteki Mboumoua, visiting the islands on a fact-finding tour. But Mr. Domingo criticised this proposal saying the Spanish authorities would only show Mr. Eteki the "tourist spots" and not "the people and their object poverty".