The activist joined another detained Sahrawi, who started a hunger strike a few weeks ago, to protest Polisario’s violations and arbitrary detentions.
Rabat – The Polisario Front maintains its refusal to release opposition Sahrawi activists detained since June. The activists were arrested for participating in protests against violations and lack of human rights in the Tindouf camps.
The family of detained Sahrawi activist Moulay Aba Bouzid announced that he started a hunger and water strike to protest his arbitrary detention.
Former Polisario member Mustafa Salma Ould Mouloud said that Aba Bouzid’s decision to stop drinking water is the latest escalation of the protest. The new measures come after the Polisario refused to meet the detained activists’ demands after 12 days of hunger strike.
In addition to Bouzid, Polisario arrested two other opposition activists, including Fadel Braika. Braika has also been on a hunger strike for two weeks.
Mustafa Salma said in a Facebook post on July 28 that the detainees are calling on the Polisario Front to respect laws regarding investigation procedures and detention conditions.
The activists also called for a fair trial, seeking their release pending legal charges.
Last week, the families of the detained activists said they were “surprised” to know that gendarmerie members were attending hearings. The families condemned the gendarmerie’s presence, which constitutes a violation of the law, as they are not a party to the case.
Mustafa Salma has called on the activists to stop the hunger strike and not put their lives in further danger.
“I urge whoever is in contact with them, especially their lawyer to advise them to stop this escalation with all my respect to their feelings.”
Mustafa Salma also condemned the injustice exerted by the Polisario Front against activists.
On Saturday, July 27, a Sahrawi activist fainted during a sit-in to protest the disappearance of his father Ahmed El Khalil, who has been missing for a decade.
A source in Rabouni told Morocco World News that the Polisario Front refused to dispatch an ambulance to the activist, who collapsed during the sit-in.
Algerian security services and Polisario members kidnapped and arrested El Khalil in 2009 under unknown circumstances.
El Khalil’s family has been staging a sit-in near the high commission of refugees in Rabouni near Tindouf, Algeria for 15 days. The sit-in aims to put pressure on Polisario to disclose information on the unjustified disappearance of their relatives.
Polisario has ignored ongoing calls from NGOs, including Human Rights Watch which recently called for the immediate release of the detained activists.