Yesterday, April 4, on Smara Avenue, in El Aaiun, several families of Saharawi political prisoners supported by many Sahrawis took to the streets and expressed their solidarity with the prisoners of Gdeim Izik.
Moroccan occupation forces dispersed the demonstrators, while another group of Saharawis in another area of the avenue next to the Nagir hotel occupied one of the roundabouts and displayed flags and shouted slogans in support of the political prisoners and the freedom of Western Sahara.
During the police intervention, several protesters were injured, including Gahli Ajnaa, wife of Mohamed Bani, a political prisoner of the group of Gdeim Izik, who along with other comrades began a hunger strike on 9 March.
Mohamed Bani stopped his hunger strike on 22 March, following the promise of his transfer to Bouzakarn Prison, a promise that has not yet been fulfilled. Bani and his companions, some still on strike, are in a state of grave risk to their health without any medical assistance.
The insults, humiliation and ill-treatment of Saharawi political prisoners and medical negligence, as well as absolute disrespect for the minimum standards of treatment of prisoners established by the United Nations, are the reality of these detainees.
The general administration of prisons (DGAPR) met individually with each of the detainees of the Gdeim Izik group on hunger strike in Kenitra on April 3rd to hear their claims to be transmitted to the Minister of Justice