Sahrawi political prisoners continue hunger strikes to protest against the various forms of oppression, the torture they suffer every day and the unfair sentences imposed on them by the Kingdom of Morocco.
Mohamed Hassana Ahmed Salem "Burial" has been on hunger strike for 29 days. He calls for his immediate release and for his family to be allowed to meet him, since one way to punish detainees is not to let their families visit them. Burial also demands to be brought close to his family in occupied El Ayoun. His sister Am Saad has issued an alert about the deterioration of his state of health. She called on NGOs and governments to intervene to save her brother's life. It should be recalled that Burial is detained for his participation in the protest camp of Gdeim Izik, sentenced in the grotesque trial that followed to 30 years in prison.*
Hussein Bachir Brahim has been on hunger strike for 9 days. He is a Sahrawi student, imprisoned in Marrakech. He was deported by Spain to Morocco, although he had applied for political asylum. He was fleeing an arrest warrant from the Moroccan police, using false accusations to arrest him. His family denounces the fact that the young Hussein has been in solitary confinement since his rendition by Spain. He appeared in court on April 16 without his family or lawyer being informed.
Ali Salem Boujemaa "Saadouni" started a hunger strike last Monday, the very day of his trial, which was postponed because the defence required the appearance of the police officer he is accused of assaulting and witnesses. The court was surrounded by police officers who banned the Sahrawis from attending the trial. Saadouni was arrested on 11 April in one of the main avenues of occupied El Ayoun by plainclothes police officers. He disappeared for 48 hours. The arrest took place the day after Saadouni and a comrade had installed SADR flags in a roundabout on an avenue in the occupied capital.
Stopping eating has become a fighting tool for Sahrawi political prisoners in Moroccan prisons. The strikers are in a very poor state of health.
* After receiving a promise that he would be transferred to a prison closer to El Ayoun, where his family lives, than that of Tiflet2 where he is currently detained (1300 km from El Ayoun), Mohamed Bourial has just suspended his hunger strike.