A video posted on le360.ma shows the violence used by the Polisario militias to disperse the grieving population, which denounce the corruption of the Polisario leadership and the abject living conditions prevailing in the camps.
From humanitarian aid embezzlement to slavery and forced disappearances, Algeria has abdicated its responsibilities and forsaken a civilian population to the mercy of a separatist militia.
The Polisario, which has been battered by Morocco’s diplomatic breakthrough in Africa, has tried in vain to provoke an armed conflict with the Kingdom to help it galvanize support within the disenchanted population in the Tindouf camps, but this tactic has backfired the separatists’ leadership.
In a desperate attempt to win support in its rear-base in Tindouf camps, the Polisario, upon directives from its mentors in Algiers, is staging provocations of the Moroccan army in the southernmost tip of the Sahara provinces, Guerguarat, where commercial traffic has been hindered in an attempt to trigger a military response from the Royal Armed forces.
But Morocco’s withdrawal took the separatist militias and their mentor Algeria by surprise and showed to the international community the parties to the conflict that are undermining regional peace and security by violating the 1991 ceasefire agreement.
On Tuesday (March 7) the Sahrawis staged simultaneous sit-ins in Tindouf and Madrid to protest against yet another violation of refugee rights, as the camps population holding Algerian passport are summoned to hand over these travel documents upon their return from abroad.
The protestors, denouncing the measure as restriction of movement and discrimination, threatened to resort to “stateless status”, for lack of “refugee status” that guarantees freedom of movement, under the Convention of 28 July 1951.
The protest within Tindouf camps reflects once again the humanitarian suffering endured by Sahrawis under the yoke of the Polisario leadership, which, in connivance with Algeria, have repeatedly declined to let the UN refugee agency conduct a census of the population in the camps, thus preventing them from returning to their homeland Morocco or from seeking refuge elsewhere.