Catalonia: Spanish, Moroccan NGOs stage new demonstration in solidarity with Sahrawi-born Spanish women detained in Tindouf

Tarragona (Spain) - Moroccan and Spanish NGOs staged Thursday in Tarragona (south of Catalonia) a new demonstration in solidarity with Mahjouba Mohamed Hamdidaf, a Spanish young woman of Sahrawi descent held in captivity since last summer by the Polisario in the Tindouf camps in Algeria.

Dozens of Spanish human rights activists took part in this sit-in which is part of a series of demonstrations scheduled by Moroccan and Spanish NGOs across Spain in order to put pressure on the Polisario and uncover the repressive policies of this separatist movement against the Saharawi population held in captivity in the Algeria-based camps.

The protestors chanted slogans urging the immediate release of the young woman, blaming the Polisario and Algeria for this detention and calling them to ensure the young woman safety.

The Spanish government demanded Thursday a swift solution to the situation of Mahjouba, saying it is following "with a lot of interest" this case.

Spanish Foreign minister José Manuel Garcia-Margallo had said on Tuesday that "daily measures are taken to release the woman".

Mahjouba, who has been working for the London-based "Marie Curie Foundation Care" and intended to pursue her studies in the British capital, visited last summer the camps of Tindouf in order to see her biological parents. Once she arrived there, she was stripped of her passport and money to prevent her from returning to Europe as scheduled on Aug. 18.