In Letter to Algerian Ambassador, Mexican MP Condemns Detention of Sahrawi…

Rabat – Polisario is not only facing the pressure from the families of the detainees, but also from international politicians and observers.Pro-Polisario news outlet Futuro Sahara reported that Mexican parliamentarian Antonio Ortega Martinez has strongly  denounced the ongoing detention of three Sahrawi activists.According to the same source, the Mexican politician addressed a letter to the Algerian ambassador to Mexico to express concerns about the deteriorating health of the three political detainees. The pro-Polisario outlet recalled that the Polisario Front arrested Moulay Aba Bouzid, Fadel Braika and Mahmoud Zidan over 50 days ago. So far no official charges have been brought against them.The Polisario arrested the three opposition activists in June when they were participating in protests in Rabouni to condemn human rights violations in the region.To protest their arrest, the three activists have been on  hunger strike for more than two weeks. The hunger strike has caused their health to deteriorate significantly.Martinez expressed frustration about abuse, and the arbitrary measures taken against the three detainees during interrogation.The arbitrary arrest of activists opposing the Polisario Front has been so far overlooked by major international news outlets. The Associated Press (AP), Agence France Press (AFP) and Reuters- which usually report on any alleged human rights in Western Sahara, in southern Morocco- have been conspicuously looking the other way and provided no press coverage about the fate of the three Sahrawi activists. Al Quds news outlet reported on the fear and frustration of Sahrawi movements over the arrest of opposition activists without clear reasons.Al Quds said that the Sahrawi Initiative for Change blamed the leader of the Polisario Front, Ibrahim Ghali, for the situation of the detainees.The initiative also warned that the “three detainees have reached a critical stage as they declared their decision to refrain from drinking water.”The Sahrawi initiative is not the only movement to warn against the ongoing situation of the the three activists.The Sahrawi Khat Shahid “the Line of the Martyr” movement- a movement that has long declared its opposition to Polisario leadership, denounced its nepotism and corruption, and questioned its legitimacy and its handling negotiations with Morocco and- has also addressed a letter to the United Nations, urging it to intervene to end Polisario’s violations and arbitrary detention of Sahrawi activists.

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