Larabi El Bakay is an El Aaiun native; he was born there in 1982 and stayed there ever since. Larabi is married and father of two children. Larabi had a hard time making ends meet, and occasionally found a temporary job in the fishing sector in Dakhla.
Larabi and his family had put up their tent in Gdeim Izik, to denounce the miserable socio-economic conditions that many Saharawi face in their occupied homeland. Both Larabi and his wife participated in the Dialogue Committee, that held regular talks with the Moroccan authorities to negotiate more favourable living conditions for the Saharawis.
Almost 2 years after the Moroccan army had burned the camp to the ground, Larabi and his wife were arrested on 9 September 2012. His wife was released after 48 hours of interrogation.
El Bakay was sentenced to four and a half year by the Appeal Court in Salé in 2017, and found guilty of violence towards public officials in their line of duty. He was released on the 19th of July 2017.
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.
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