Western Sahara: Night Curfew on Tindouf Camps

pc_tindoufThe Algerian military authorities’ decision to ban any movement at night time between the Sahrawi camps and the city of Tindouf has exacerbated the Sahrawis’ anger against the Polisario leadership, accused of blindly obeying the diktat of the generals of the DRS, the Algerian military intelligence services.
Several peaceful demonstrations were staged in front of the Polisario headquarters to protest the decision to prohibit movement between the camps and the city of Tindouf from 12:00 am to 7:00am.
The decision was decried as very constraining all the more so as it was made just few weeks after vehicles registered in the camps were banned from entering Algerian cities.
According to informed sources in Tindouf camps, both decisions were made by the DRS which have the upper hand both on the camps and on the Polisario.
With these new measures, the Sahrawis feel more trapped than ever in these camps that are inexorably closing on them and their frustrations are growing in view of the Polisario’s rejection of any rational settlement of the Western Sahara issue. While Morocco has proposed an autonomy plan to settle the conflict, Algiers insists on imposing the unrealistic option of a Republic, although no major capital in the world, either in Europe, in America or in Asia has taken this unworkable project seriously.
The Sahrawis in Tindouf are becoming increasingly aware that they are victim of the Polisario and of its mentor, Algeria. After having been confined for almost 40 years in the Tindouf camps, they now realize that this confinement under the relentless control of the Polisario does not serve their cause but rather the hegemony ambitions of the Algerian leaders and generals.

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