Révolte des Sahraouis - Revolt of the Saharawis - Revuelta de los Saharauis
BREAKING NEWS, 18.07.05
THE ARREST OF ALI SALEM TAMEK IN EL AYUN, WESTERN SAHARA
Ali Salem Tamek, The Sahrawi human rights activist and former political prisoner, was abducted on Monday, July 18, 2005 at 17:30 at the airport of El Ayun. The Moroccan authorities and security forces were heavily present to ban Sahrawi people from getting into the airport and to repress any possible peaceful protest.
The airport was strictly controlled for more than two hours by the Urban Security Group headed by Abou Hassan Ichi, the GUS chief-officer. The DST, Direction of Territorial Security, the D.A.G., Direction des Affaires Generaux, D.G.E.D., Direction Generale des Enquetes et Documentation, the Royal Gendarmeries and the Customs police, all participated in A.S. Tamek's abduction. He was taken in a Judicial Police van, Renault Traffic, surrounded by eight GUS cars. He was taken from the airport probably to the Judicial Police center where arrested people are normally interrogated.
It is worth-mentioning here that El Ayun, the capital of the Western Sahara, is completely controlled by the Moroccan forces and secret police services after the abduction of Ali Salem Tamek.
By arresting Tamek, the Moroccan authorities apply the Moroccan media and political parties call to arrest or even kill the enemy number one of "the Moroccan territorial integrity", after the large campaign he led in Europe to unveil the Moroccan atrocities perpetrated against the peaceful Saharawi demonstrators during the intifada days and to call for the Sahrawis' right to self-determination and independence.