Bendigo Bank from Australia had its annual general meeting on the 29th of January. Bendigo invests in Wesfarmers, an Australian firm that imports phosphates from Western Sahara.
Ali the Camel -the mascot of the Australian Western Sahara Association- protests loudly at the trade. But was stopped by police on his way to the assembly. Check out two fantastic videos:
Ali's protests at the meeting
And Ali the Camel stopped by the police on the way to Bendigo meeting:
"The reason youíve been intercepted is because the traffic travelling along the highway has reported the camel in the back of the ute [utility truck] and the belief was that it was alive. I think thatís about the furtherest thing from either the camelís mind or ours at the moment, and thatís all it is.... Good on you guys. See you later"
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.
Leading activists from Western Sahara are condemned to sentences ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment in connection to a mass protest in 2010 denouncing the Saharawi peopleís social and economic marginalization in their occupied land; the Gdeim Izik protest camp.
At COP22, beware of what you read about Moroccoís renewable energy efforts. An increasing part of the projects take place in the occupied territory of Western Sahara and is used for mineral plunder, new WSRW report documents.