Several Polisario soldiers returned to Morocco in the past weeks amid protests against the regimes in both Algeria and the Tindouf camps.
Rabat – Sahrawis have gone on a march from the Tindouf camps to Rabouni in Algeria in a protest against their living conditions and Polisario’s restrictions inside the camps.
The protests took place during the weekend in the Tindouf camps.
Protesters went to Rabouni, near Tindouf, on dozens of vehicles, chanting slogans that call for liberty and dignity.
This comes a day after a 33-year-old Polisario soldier presented himself to the Moroccan defense line in Western Sahara on Saturday.
The soldier, who arrived wearing a military uniform and carrying his gun, expressed his will to join the motherland, escaping from years of living in inhumane conditions.
Moroccan military sources told Le360 that the soldier, named Sidahmed, was transferred to the Moroccan Royal Gendarmerie in Smara, a city in Western Sahara, as stipulated in the Moroccan army’s procedures for Polisario deserters.
Last week, a group of 12 soldiers presented themselves to a Moroccan Royal Armed Forces (FAR) unit near Mahbess, north-eastern Western Sahara.
The soldiers belonged to a group of 19 Moroccan soldiers Polisario has held in custody 100 kilometers south of Mahbess in the Tifariti area, alleging that they are drug dealers, according to the former Polisario leader Mustapha Salama.
Many former Polisario members have returned to Morocco from the Tindouf camps in Algeria, including Yenja Khattat, current president of the Dakhla region, and Bachir Dkhil, one of the founders of the Polisario Front.
Sahrawis have conducted several protests against poor living conditions inside the Tindouf Camps. In the most recent protest, they conducted a sit-in at the United Nations Square in Geneva on March 17, to denounce the recruitment of children in the Tindouf Camps into armies and terrorist groups by Polisario.