At least one person was killed and several others injured when clashes erupted between protesters from the tribe of Oulad Tidrarine and the armed militia of the Algerian backed separatist group, the polisario.
Berlin, Germany., March 5, 2020 — At least one person was killed and several others injured when clashes erupted between protesters from the tribe of Oulad Tidrarine and the armed militia of the Algerian backed separatist group, the polisario.
The protesters were joined by foreigners participating at the “Sahara marathon” in the Tindouf camps. The protest was against the polisario leaders’ connivance and involvement in the escape of the assassins of a member of the Oulad Tidrarine tribe, Oulda Ould Boukhari Bamba. The family of the victim accuses the Polisario leaders of having organized and facilitated the escape of the killers.
Some 200 protesters, mostly from Oulad Tidrarine tribe, have been demanding, since last week, the opening of an independent investigation into certain senior executives of the Polisario leadership. According to the family of the victim, Iddih Ould Mohamed Lagdhaf and Didi Ould Othman Bamba responsible for the murder were allowed to escape by the authorities. The angry stone-throwing demonstrators violently clashed with the militia which led to the death of at least one person, according to reports coming out of the refugee camps.
The polisario routinely violates the human rights of tens of thousands of Sahrawi refugees who have remained trapped in desperate conditions in the camps near Tindouf, Algeria for over four decades. In the camps, there is no freedom of speech or movement or basic rights, the right to education or health or right of movement. Meanwhile, the leaders of the polisario and their families are allowed to travel abroad for education, hospitalisation and holidays. This is possible because of the diversion of humanitarian aid destined for the refugees.
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