The Polisario seems to be, more and more, questioned about its claim to represent the Sahrawis and confronted with the fear of its decline. This is a statement made by a researcher from the Thomas-Moore Institute (an independent European center for reflection and influence. The hope to see progressing the settlement for the Western Sahara conflict seemed to be compromised since the beginning of direct negotiations in 2007, the Polisario Front was bracing itself about the self-determination referendum organization, which was for it a sine qua non condition for all kinds of settlement to this conflict, a condition which is refused by Morocco. The Thomas More Institute, based in Brussels, is the one which have produced many reflections and analyses about issues concerning the Arab Maghreb and the Sahel. It has just made public an overwhelming analysis for the Polisario, the media and the Western NGOs and particularly the Spanish ones, following the bloody events of the 8th November in Laayoune, main city of the Western Sahara.
Antonin Tisseron, associate-researcher in Thomas More Institute, co-writer of a report published in April 2010, subtitled “for a sustainable security in the Maghreb: a chance for the region, a commitment for the European Union”, insists to deliver us, this time, a deep reflection on the circumstances in which the Gdim Izik camp was demolished and the responsibilities in these tragic events.
Despite of the initial choice of the Moroccan authorities to favour dialog, as stated by the author of the report, many western media and NGOs have condemned the use of force in the name of human rights.
Antonin Tisseron underlines, in connection with this issue, the professional misconduct of the Spanish media which have provided their readers, among other things, with articles about the Laayoune events illustrated with a picture of Palestinian children injured in 2006 by Israeli soldiers, presenting them as being Sahrawi children.
In this issue, mentions the researcher, the media of a democratic country, which is more than that a member of the European Union, have been transformed into “ a box resounding a propaganda worthy of Cold War, to excite the popular passions, with a media war background, this is more than serious”.
The violence of these reactions (those of the Spanish media) was in contrast with the reserve of the Spanish government and the UNO which Security Council has « deplored » the violent events which have occurred in Laayoune, but has refused to launch an investigation so much required by the Polisario speaking of « a slaughter ».
According to the same report, the radicalization of the Polisario speech namely vis-à-vis France which it accuses of supporting Morocco, is harboured by the Independence supporting movement’s loss of influence.
The Polisario media management of the Laayoune events looks more like an attempt to control again the internal protest, to assert itself as an absolute must on the international scene, and even impose the Sahara issue, on the international schedule, in a way which suits it.
To conclude, Antonin Tisseron considers the fact that the protagonists could not reach an agreement about the electoral roll and the locking political and ideological mechanism in the camps of refugees, leaving few hope about the capacity of Sahrawis in Algeria to vote freely, the Moroccan autonomy proposal remains, within the frame of the regionalization process, the more credible alternative. It is presently the only unique solution which allows protagonists to get out of this winner-loser plan, to allow each one, and namely the refugees who have chosen the exile, to get out of this conflict with dignity.