New Emerging Western Sahara Movement

Western Sahara: Reason Or Treason
Growing up in Morocco, Western Sahara being Moroccan was presented to me as an absolute truth; as absolute as that the sun rises every day. The main and prevalent argument presented was that the Sahara has always been part of Morocco. At home in Morocco, no proof was required as this viewpoint was self evident. You could not question that in any way. Doing so is tantamount to treason. Being inquisitive, I set out on a journey to get to my own conclusions on this topic.
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The case of Mustapha Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud is more than an instance of a political dissident going to jail for his views, it is the proclamation of independence of the Sahrawis from the iron fist of the Algerian Army. Mustapha Salma is a pioneer and the de facto leader of a new emerging Sahrawi movement that has been brewing underground in the Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria.
As Mustapha’s father continues his struggle to free his son from an undisclosed  Algerian jail, the world needs to know the true reasons behind the arrest and the detention of the former Police chief of the Polisario front. While the Moroccan and the world press keep referring to Mr. Ould Sidi Mouloud pro-Moroccan position as the reason behind his arrest by the Polisario militias on orders from the Algerian Military Intelligence Agency (DRS), the significance of Mr. Mustapha’s support of the Moroccan plan is much deeper and far reaching.
Since its creation, the Polisario Front has been ruled by a handful of military Militiamen that took orders from a special unit of the DRS (or its predecessors). Most of the refugees, who have been  living under inhumane condition in desert camps, never challenged the Polisario elders or the Algerian control over their affairs. The early military success of the Polisario solidified the militias control over the refugees extending Algeria’s absolute domination in the camps. With promises of an independent socialist Sahrawi republic where all is equal, the Algerian public relations campaign in the Tindouf camps worked for more than 30 years. The few Sahrawi Tribal leaders who baked the Polisario and went to exile in Algeria believed that the “armed struggle” against Morocco would be brief, and the Algerian and Libyan ( an early supporter of the Polisario) support will be strong and unwavering.

Three decades later, Mustapha forced the DRS to drop the mask and the Sahrawis of Tindouf were at last exposed to the truth and realities behind Algeria’s empty promises: the Algerian Military establishment is out for Algeria’s military interest and the Sahrawis are just a pawn in Algeria game against its Moroccan foes.

The Algerians are worried that the arrest and illegal detention of Mustapha Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud will expose to the world and the United Nations the true influence of the DRS on the Polisario, and the weak and non-existent direction of the current leadership of the Polisario. As the United Nations (UN) special envoy for Western Sahara heads to the region next week ahead of a new round of informal meetings, the case of the prisoner of conscience Ould Sidi Mouloud should dominate the discussion. If Algeria insists in portraying  ts role as an observer in the meetings, then how can the Algerian government explain their involvement and role in the imprisonment of a Polisario dissident for expressing his views on the future of the Western Sahara?

It is becoming clear to Mr. Christopher Ross and the world community that the Algerian Army controls the decision making process in Tindouf; therefore a UN sponsored round of meetings over the future of the Sahara that does not include Algeria as a major and a direct player is  futile and pointless. In taking the lead in muzzling the freedom of speech involving the discussion over the future of the Sahara, Algeria makes its standpoint the key to the resolution to this horrid conflict.

Mr. Mustapha Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud position on  making the Moroccan plan of Local Autonomy as the basis of a resolution is shared by tribal leaders and a number of young Sahrawis. Sahrawi refugees are tired of living in appalling conditions in Tindouf with no chance of ever fleeing the misery of a refugee life. The truth that these proud Sahrawis have been held hostage to Algeria’s regional political calculations is pushing thousands to take on the dangerous trek toward morocco.

Mustapha Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud brave stands against the dictate of the DRS further exposed the weak leadership of the current Polisario chief Abdelaziz. Mr. Ould Sidi Mouloud wants a better life for his son and his family just like any father in the world. This desire pushed his to show the incompetence of Abdelaziz and the true motives of the Algerian Army.

As more and more Sahrawis, realize the sinister motives of the Algerian Army and the reluctance of their puppet leadership to stand for what is good for the Sahrawis, it will be hard for the DRS to keep the lid on the discontent in Tindouf. It is time for  Mr. Ross and the UN to come to this conclusion for the sake of Ould Sidi Mouloud and his likes. For now, let us pray that Mr. Ross can convince Algiers to free Ould Sidi Mouloud as a gesture of good will toward the Sahrawis of Tindouf.

Author: Hassan Masiky graduated from the University of the District of Columbia with a degree in political science. Hassan joined the Washington DC based non government organization the Parliamentary Human Rights Foundation (PHRF) where he worked as a consultant for USAID democracy projects in Mexico, Haiti, Republic of Georgia and the European Parliament. After leaving PHRF, Hassan dedicated his time advising Amnesty International USA on African and Middle Eastern affairs and representing the organization in press conferences. Mr. Masiky was a host on several television shows discussing human rights and democracy.

Comments (3)  

0 #1 COMMENT_TITLE_R E New Emerging Western Sahara MovementMorcelli 2010-10-13 06:38
I think Mr Salma is dead meat. The Algerians just killed Mahfoud Ali Baiba the other Polisario leader. They will not hesitate a second to kill Mr. salma. Algeria is sitting on 160 billion dollars and they are excepting the Russian president to visit to discuss more weapon sale, and the west is lusting on the Algerian money and they can care less if Mr. Selma is dead or alive. Morocco's only chance is not salma or beiba, it's democracy and rule of law, otherwise, we are the dumb asses hoping for better things to come and will never do.

We have been following the same discourse with no results time to set people free, and we are free, others will follow.
0 #2 COMMENT_TITLE_R E New Emerging Western Sahara Movementriffi 2010-10-14 01:33
good point Morcelli,i second the motion.
0 #3 A family FeudKaiss 2010-10-14 05:09
The Algerian-Morocc an people are a family. A family dispute; sisters/brother s get angry, criticize, insult each other, of course eventually will kiss and hug each other, but thirty-five years of futile anger and separation is too much! Something definitely went wrong... What is it? We thought we liberated our people from the foreign colonialism, now our own brothers want to keep our family apart. I guess the digital age has been little bit problematic for Mr. B. (if you are thinking about exercising your spiritual rights by adding another life partner make sure she is a computer brain, to help you catch up with technology... clock is still ticking... now for thirty-five years! Mr. B. wake-up for Allah's sake! After praying you should ask Allah for forgiveness and connect the family together and try to stop your childish jealous misbehavior. Mr. B. your presidential control is keeping the family torn apart. What have you achieved in shutting-off the Algerian-Morocc an crossing that had nothing to do with the Moroccan Saharaoui issue? Mr. B. you are putting Algeria and Morocco under stress, are-you afraid to loose control? As far as Morocco is concern, since the Tindouf family dispute of the sixties, Moroccan-Algeri an borders ceased to exists. It is strictly a family matter you know "My home is your home", my aunt lives in Oran, my uncle in Oujda, etc...
FYI: Mr. Mustapha Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud has courageously spoken "the truth" , and the entire world heard him loud and clear. Now, Mutapha's case is a "world case". The International community is well aware of Mustapha's message and of his whereabouts. Mr. B. and his gang of course will be held responsible for any harm they may have subjected Mr. Mustapha Ould Sidi Mouloud under their supervision. Mr. Mustapha Ould Sidi Mouloud is an official Moroccan citizen by the International Standards. Mr. B. should use common sense, and demand the immediate release of Mr. Mustapha Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud and his family to regain their homeland, Morocco.
Algerian-Morocc an Brotherhood.

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