Moroccan Flag Flying over Tindouf Heights

drapeau-marocain-tindoufFor the first time, the Sahrawi dissidents dared raise the Moroccan flag in the Tindouf camps.
The inhabitants of the Polisario-controlled camps woke up on Tuesday to an unusual landscape as Moroccan flags were flying over the sand walls erected around the camps.
They also discovered at their front doors leaflets calling for support of the Moroccan autonomy plan. The leaflets were signed by young Sahrawis claiming to be members of a new movement called “Barakat”. The label was inspired by an Algerian movement bearing the same name which is opposed to the candidacy of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika for a fourth term.
The Sahrawi movement was created to denounce the forty years of forced exile imposed in the Tindouf camps on thousands of Moroccans who have no prospect for their future. The movement activists seek to foster the populations’ awareness to the flawed and perverted leadership of the Polisario. They also try to help these populations to overcome their fear and to protest the blockade imposed on them with Algerian support.
The Polisario militia and elements of the so-called military police that were immediately alerted rushed to confiscate the flags and leaflets. They also proceeded to the arrest of several young people and subjected them to lengthy interrogations in the presence of an officer of the Algerian military intelligence services.
The uprisings in the Tindouf camps have heightened over the past few days with the multiplication of protest movements. In addition to that, several residents of the camps videoed testimonies on their dire living conditions and sent the recordings to a Moroccan regional TV channel, the Laayoune TV, which aired them.
Increasing numbers of young Sahrawis now seem convinced that there is no solution to the Western Sahara conflict, created out of nothing by the Algerian military oligarchy, other than the Morocco-proposed initiative to grant broad autonomy to the disputed territory.
The same view is shared by Francis Ghilès, a Spanish journalist and scholar, specialist in Maghreb affairs. On Tuesday he told “Radio M,” the webradio of Maghreb Emergent, that the Western Sahara conflict “has no longer any meaning.”
Quoting several senior U.S. officials and pundits, Francis Ghilès who holds research positions in the Spanish think-tanks IEMED and CIDOB, argues that in its overall strategy, Washington supports a rapprochement between the two countries (Algeria and the Morocco) to put an end to the conflict that lasted much too long.


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