When they arrived the hotel in Marrakech, they were followed by the police from the moment they left the taxi they had been deported in.
"Shortly after we had walked from the taxi to the hotel, our followers knocked on the door to the reception. We do not know what the police told the host, but we were suddenly told that the hotel where we were supposed to sleep was full. Then we were followed by the host to another hotel", Dahle explained to the Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara.
"It was on this second hotel that the photograph above was shot. The police obviously needed a long conversation with the employees of the hotel there too", Dahle told.
The picture above was taken midnight European time. The policemen came in a group, and stayed close to the hotel long after the photo was taken.
"The Moroccan government's surveillance and undermining of the work we were supposed to do serves only to confirm the stories which our Saharawi colleagues are telling us. It is hard to understand how the Saharawi human rights activists are supposed to work under such circumstances", Vågen Fiskum told.
The Rafto Foundation for Human Rights in 2002 awarded the Rafto Prize to the Saharawi activist Sidi Mohamed Daddach who had then recently been releaced from 24 years in Moroccan jails.
Since 1975, three quarters of the territory of Western Sahara has been occupied by Morocco. A majority of the population is still living in refugee camps in Algeria. Those who remained in their homeland are subjected to serious harassment from the Moroccan occupiers. For more than 40 years the Sahrawis have been waiting for the fullfilment of their legitimate right to self-determination.
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