Saharawi protest against fish deal brutally beaten down
Footage of this protest yesterday in El Aaiun was taken two hours after the European Parliament consented to the EU-Morocco fisheries protocol, which allows for EU fishing in occupied Western Sahara. The people of Western Sahara have not been asked for their approval.
The demonstrations were held in relation to the International Day of Human Rights, but at the same time were aimed against the EU's decision to go fish in Saharawi waters through a deal with the occupying force, Morocco.
The weekend before the vote in the European Parliament, the Saharawis had also taken to the streets to denounce the inclusion of their waters, while they themselves were excluded from the negotiations leading to the protocol. Find videos and photos of those protests here.
Scroll further down for footage of the arrest of six Spanish citizens who took part in yesterday's protest.
Morocco occupies the major part of its neighbouring country, Western Sahara. Entering into business deals with Moroccan companies or authorities in the occupied territories gives an impression of political legitimacy to the occupation. It also gives job opportunities to Moroccan settlers and income to the Moroccan government. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands foreign companies leave Western Sahara until a solution to the conflict is found.
It's not easy keeping up with all the different legal proceedings relating to Western Sahara. For the sake of clarity, here's an overview of the three different cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
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