El Jadida, Morocco- After Tindouf’s Autonomy Support Forum (FORSATIN) called for press missions to give voice to the Sahraoui people struggling against the Polisario, different media outlets have answered and taken on the challenge of setting foot in Tindouf Camps.
However, the Polisario were alert; they have adopted a devilish strategy to ward off the huge number of incoming press delegations whose purpose is to explore the camps and interview the inhabitants about their situation.
According to FORSATIN, the first maneuver they’ve employed is to send press delegations through a labyrinthine road, rather than the official road used to transport their supporters.
According to the same source, a Brazilian press delegation was the victim of such a strategy, as they drove over a mine, which resulted in the explosion of their car. Luckily, no one died, but the psychological ramifications were deep. Other journalists were shocked, especially when the Polisario didn’t even bother to evacuate the damaged vehicle from the road.
This alerted other international press delegations that the situation is risky and shouldn’t dare approach the camps.
According to a press release issue by FORSATIN, this is a strategy to keep international media ignorant of the whereabouts of Tindouf Camps.
“As dangerous as it might sound, the Polisario still sends international press delegations through the roads that many worldwide media outlets have strongly denounced. Therefore, the number of incoming press delegations is in huge decline for lack of safety measures,”the press release said.
“However, the Polisario paves safe roads to their pro-regime press and media. They utilize them to portray and masquerade a mirage of what’s going on in those camps. They broadcast these false images to the whole world while the truth stays hidden and protected by labyrinthine roads full of mines,”it added.
Edited by Katrina Bushko
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