The blackout imposed on the Sahrawi populations in the Tindouf camps in southern Algeria does not prevent some opponents from making shocking revelations about what is really going on in this open-air prison. A Sahrawi dissident took advantage of a recent visit to Spain to make a damning testimony against the Polisario leaders and their torturers who run with an iron fist the daily life of thousands of Sahrawi refugees in the Tindouf camps. In statements to the media, the dissident Abdi Ami Omar spoke of the “systematic repression” and serious human rights violations perpetrated daily against the Sahrawis in the Tindouf camps. In comments posted recently by the Spanish electronic journal “nouscatalans.cat” Ami Omar also spoke of physical liquidation of opponents to the Polisario leaders’ ideology and maneuvers.
He dwelt on the case of his own brother, Bechri Sidahmed Zein, 23, who was murdered by the Polisario torturers in February because he publicly pointed the finger at the practices of Mohamed Abdelaziz’s gang during demonstrations staged in the camps to denounce the “corrupt regime” of the Polisario.
Abdi Ami Omar, a visual artist who is currently visiting Barcelona to seek the support of Spanish associations and political parties in order to clarify the circumstances of his brother’s death, told “nouscatalans.cat” that before the assassination, Polisario security agents had publicly threatened his brother with liquidation.
In this vein, the e-journal recalled the complaint filed by Bechri Sidahmed Zein’s family with several organizations, including Amnesty International, the UN and the European Parliament, calling for the opening of an international investigation into the circumstances of this Polisario-perpetrated assassination.
The Sahrawi opponent, who also denounced in his comments the corruption of the Polisario leaders that embezzle the international aid destined to the populations sequestered in the Tindouf camps, said he was now worried about the physical integrity of the other members of his family who are still in the Tindouf camps and who are being abused and threatened by the Polisario leadership and its agents.
He said in this regard that his mother and aunt had been sent to prison when they demanded the truth about the murder.
During his stay in Barcelona, Abdi Ami ??Omar has been received by the Immigration Secretary of the Catalonia Democratic Convergence Party, Angel Colom, who called the international community to open a serious investigation on Zein’s murder.
On his part, the Secretary of Immigration and New Citizenship of the Catalan Socialist Party (PSC), Josep Maria Sala, underlined the need to have accurate information about what actually happens in the Tindouf camps instead of relying only on the accounts reported by the Polisario.