The flags offered recently by the Algerian military intelligence services (DRS) to the separatist Polisario Front were shortly afterwards spotted in the streets of Laayoune city in southern Morocco.
Following the instructions of General Taoufik Médiène, chief of the powerful Department of Intelligence and Security, a batch of 51,000 flags of the ghostly Sahrawi republic was offered to Mohamed Abdelaziz’s separatist movement as a symbol of the 51 years of Algeria’s independence celebrated on July 5.
Observers who had questioned the actual destination of such a large number of flags were finally able to decipher the mystery of the Algerian umpteenth act of hostility towards Morocco and the Moroccans.
Less than a month after they were delivered at Hassi Rabouni camp, which hosts the Polisario headquarters, the flags were seen in Laayoune brandished by minor people. These youths are paid 50 DH a day to brandish the flags and roam the city streets. Even when these minors are arrested by the police, they are immediately released by the courts, because of their young age.
The Algerian official news agency “APS” which reports on this new anti-Moroccan campaign cannot however inform its subscribers that these flags are funded by Algerian taxpayers’ money and that the chiefs of the DRS are the instigators who dictate to the Polisario what to do with the flags and how to dispatch them.
This case is not likely to last long, but it denies if need be the allegations of official Algeria which has always claimed not to be directly involved in the Western Sahara conflict.
Not only does the Algerian regime say an incomprehensible “NO” to the reopening of borders with Morocco by setting as a prerequisite the settlement of the Sahara issue, but recently, the Algerian rulers have not hesitated to express their animosity to the Moroccan people and its institutions in broad daylight and to use all means, with the help of their petrodollars, to fund any kind of hostility campaigns against “brotherly and neighborly” Morocco. What an odd kind of Algerian neighborliness.