Morocco has expelled from Laayoune Mohammed Salem Busaraia, 72, a historic member of the Saharawi collective of Lanzarote and dean of the Saharawi press. The “Doctor” had moved to his hometown to spend his old age there.
Busaraia arrived in Laayoune by plane, accompanied by two of his children and a brother, to reside there until the end of his life. He was reportedly arrested while he was at the home of a niece where a party was organized to welcome him. The agents asked that he accompany them to the airport to complete a final formality concerning his fingerprints.
People present opposed this arrest, which forced the officers to use force to maintain order, before driving the old man, visually impaired, to the airport and putting him alone and without assistance in the same plane to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Upon arrival, he was admitted to Doctor Negrín Hospital where he is still hospitalized, Diario de Lanzarote reports.
By this act, Morocco shows its “inhumanity”, denounce the Sahrawi collective of Lanzarote and the Delegation of the Polisario Front for the Canary Islands, stressing that it is a “cruel revenge” to prevent a sick person to spend his last days in his hometown with his loved ones. Born in Laâyoune, Busaraia joined Madrid in 1973 to continue his studies in educational sciences at the Complutense University. He joined the Spanish Communist Party and later the International Communist Party.