In an attempt to cover up a series of human rights violations in Tindouf camps, the Polisario Front has mobilized its separatists to counteract reports uncovering the inhumane situations suffered by Sahrawis.
Pro-Polisario news outlet Futuro Sahara said that separatists have launched the online campaign to defend their cause.
Members of the group call themselves an “electronic army” whose main task consists in sharing “photos, videos, and documents” to control the narrative and counterbalance Morocco’s rhetoric on the conflict.
The self-styled online army seeks to “clarify the facts to the world through intensifying comments on posts that incorrectly address the Sahrawi case or adopt the Moroccan narrative.”
The move comes as an attempt to cover up a series of violations in the camps as some pro-Polisario news outlets published a number of reports about the Polisario Front’s arbitrary arrests of opposition activists.
Recently, Futuro Sahara has published a series of articles about struggle of Sahrawi families due to the arbitrary arrest of their relatives.
In June, the Polisario Front launched a crackdown against protests aimed at condemning violations in the camps. Subsequently, the front arrested Moulay Aba Bouzid, Fadel Braka, and Mahmoud Zidane, who are still in detention without trial.
Human Rights Watch and the Peruvian Council of Solidarity with Sahrawi People have condemned the arrest of the activists, who have been detained since June.
According to the council, the three Sahrawis are “subject to harassment and intimidation.”
The three activists have been “unjustly accused of alleged criminal acts and treason,” charges that could lead to serious sentences, including the death penalty.