The kidnapping of the activist comes after the arrest of a journalist who was participating in a demonstration in Rabouni,near Tindouf.
Following the arrest of journalist Moulay Aba Buzid in a demonstration held on Monday, June 17, the Polisario Front kidnapped a second Sahrawi activist in Rabouni on June 18.
Pro-polisario news outlets reported that the front arrested Fadel Brika, who was taken to an unknown location after his arrest.
A statement from the Saharawi Initiative for Change, quoted by FuturoSahara, described arrests of both activists as “arbitrary detentions,” as there were no arrest orders from the so-called judiciary authority of the Polisario Front.
The arrests were carried out in response to comments and posts the opposition activists were sharing on their social media accounts.
The pro-Polisario news outlets reported that the front intends to carry out further arrest operations in the coming hours to “silence opposition voices.”
The arrest of Brika was confirmed by former Polisario member Mustafa Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud, who has been following the violations in Tindouf camps, Algeria.
Commenting on the arrest of Abu Buzid, Mustafa Salma said: “Every Moment Buzid spends in detention does not only condemn Polisario, but also the high commission for refugees as he was arrested immediately after he left their office.”
Despite the pressure that the front continue to face in the wake of the disappearances of Polisario members and activists, the Polisario has refused to reveal the fate of several arrested activists. .
“I challenge [Polisario] them to keep journalist Buzid hidden now,” concluded Mustafa Salma.
The family of Ahmed El Khalil, a Polisario member who went missing more than 10 years ago, has been calling on the United Nations to intervene as the front remains silent on his fate