By Hassan Samhrouni
By Hassan Samhrouni
Morocco World News
Washington D.C., August 31, 2012
The visit of the daughter of former US presidential candidate, Robert F. Kennedy (brother of John F. Kennedy), Ms. Kerry Kennedy, which began in the Polisario camps in south west Algeria on August 29, was marked by severe security measures taken by the leaders of the separatist movement to prevent any demonstrations or sit-in in the camps,
A demonstration in the refugee camps was organized by family members of political prisoners languishing in the jails of the Polisario and journalists recently dismissed from their posts for criticizing Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz. Karama Dich, a well-known dissident threatened to give Ms. Kerry a file with evidence implicating the criminal act of some officials of the Polisario.
Therefore and contrary to the initial program intended for the RFK Center delegation, Polisario officials refrained from organizing a visit to Rabouni where several protesters and opponents of the separatist leader, Mohamed Abdelaziz, gathered on the morning of August 29, with the hope of meeting Ms. Kerry Kennedy to raise awareness about their plight and the violations of their human rights by the Polisario leadership
It is worth mentioning that the visit of the president of the RFK Foundation occurs at a time and in a local context characterized by tensions in the Polisario camps as a result of the combined effect of the rise of protest groups, like the Khatt Shahid, which has been holding protests since March of 2011. These movements denounce the inability of the Polisario leadership to meet the aspirations of the younger Sahrawi generation born in the camps and who were deprived of their basic rights, as well as to stop the numerous infiltrations of terrorist elements and the related criminal North African Al Qaeda branch.
In October of last year, two Spanish and an Italian aid workers were kidnapped and led to the Sahel by a terrorist group in Rabouni, the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the Polisario Front. These three European humanitarian aid workers remained nearly nine months in the hands of MUJAO whose spokesman is a member of the Polisario.
This situation was behind the decision taken by the Spanish and Italian governments, in the beginning of August 2012, to repatriate all humanitarian workers from the Tindouf camps in the south west of Algeria after confirming that terrorist groups had infiltrated the camps with the help of their associates operating in sleeper cells who were targeting aid workers.
Also, it is obvious that the strengthening of security measures and the state of alert declared throughout the camps during the visit of the president of RFK Foundation through the redeployment of the 6th military region, although in done so to deal with the infiltration of terrorist and criminal elements in and outside the camps, was also motivated by the intention of Polisario leaders to hide the wave of protests during the visit of the delegation. Kennedy’s visit was also marked by the announcement of the imminent return to Tindouf of the most famous Sahrawi opponent to Mohamed Abdelaziz, Mustapha Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud.