The separatist front is facing pressure as its restrive policies spark dissent and demonstrations among Sahrawis.
Rabat – The Polisario Front has deployed armored vehicles and tanks to disperse Sahrawis’ protests in the Tindouf camps on Saturday.
Former Polisario officer Mustafa Salma Sidi Mouloud shared photos on his Facebook, showing tanks deployed by the Polisario Front on Saturday to disperse a sit-in held in the self-styled Ministry of Interior of the separatist front in Rabouni, Algeria.
Commenting on Poliario’s move, Mustafa Salma said: “The tragic ironic argument is that there was a protest against restrictions on freedom of movement… and that the demonstrations conquered the road with their truck and that the Polisaario has nothing but tanks to drag the demonstrators’ trucks and keep them off the road.”
The Sahrawi activist wrote in another Facebook post on Sunday that there has been “violent intervention in a demonstration in the camps.”
Mustafa Salma said that police ran over protesters with security vehicles, causing “serious injuries.”
The Tindouf camps witnessed several protests from Sahrawis, who have been condemning Polisario’s restrictions.
On April 23, 60 Sahrawis living in Tindouf’’s Lahmada camp protested in Rabouni, describing Polisario’s restriction as “forced detention” and a “violation of the right of movement.”
Several videos posted on YouTube show demonstrations in Rabouni and protesters shouting slogans, such as “Freedom of movement” and “Freedom.”
Polisario allegedly bars cars from leaving the camps. Exit the camps occurs only once in 20 days.