Frustrations in the Tindouf camps and anger against the Polisario have reached their culmination and may be announcing the end of the separatist front.
According to an American expert, the turmoil and protest movements that have been shaking the Tindouf camps over the last two months are warning signs that the Sahrawi separatist movement is about to collapse.
In a recent analysis on the excesses of the Polisario torturers, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a U.S. think tank, underlined that the demonstrations and protest movements staged by the Sahrawis sequestered in the Tindouf camps are sounding the death knell of the Polisario.
Dissatisfaction vis-à -vis the Polisario leaders, led with an iron fist by Mohamed Abdelaziz since 1976, in a way reminiscent of the Marxist dogma and the cult of personality that were prevailing in the communist bloc During the Cold war, is at its height, says the author of the analysis, Michael Rubin, a researcher at AEI and lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School.
The climate of insurrection in the Tindouf camps has its origins in the large scale embezzlement of the international humanitarian aid which is initially destined to the camps populations but which ends up in black markets in Algeria, Mauritania and Mali, the analyst explains. Frustration is also kindled by the Polisario’s refusal to adhere to the Morocco-proposed autonomy plan for the Sahara, which is supported by the United States and many other countries, says the author of the paper.
According to Michael Rubin, the Moroccan proposal is relevant and draws its legitimacy from the economic and social development process initiated in the southern provinces of Morocco.
He goes on to say that it is quite conceivable that the cracks and the insurgency in the Tindouf camps sound the death knell of the Polisario, one of the last remnants of the Cold War.