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In Tindouf, Yellow Vests-Styled Protests Denounce Algeria’s Restrictive Measures

PERSISMA, Rabat – The website www.futurosahara.net, which published an article about demonstrators in Tindouf dressed in yellow, from January 28 to 1 February  2019, expresses its anger against Algeria for restricting freedom of movement in the territories.

 according to information published in  media,The demonstrators who earlier  gathered in front of the general secretariat of the Polisario Front in Rabouni.

According to reports, Algiers recently confiscated a number of passports from Tindouf locals who came to visit from European countries, where many of the region’s Diaspora live and work.

“The passport is a travel document that must be returned to its owner as soon as it the police stamps it,” local reports quoted demonstrators as saying. Others accused the Algeria police of extortion.

Not content with confiscating their passports at checkpoints, the police generally ask passport owners for money, threatening them with extending the delay for the return of their documents.

Algerian authorities generally keep confiscated passports for up to a month.

“We are obliged to stay in Tindouf in one month,” a protester fumed, complaining that in most cases they are only allowed two or three weeks of vacation from their jobs in Europe.

“Confiscating our passports for one month is just unacceptable,” another said.

It is worth remembering that a first sit-in was organized by members of the Saharawi diaspora during the week, from 17 to 21 December 2018, in front of the Embassy of the fp in Algiers, without listening to their requests and finding a solution to these problems.

Day after day, the unjust practices by the Algerian authorities with the polisario in tindouf, exercised over the sahraouis, seem clear to all.