Fish plunderer on fire

For 4 weeks, the Saharawis had protested peacefully in a camp outside the Western Sahara capital, against unemployment and discrimination. When the camp was destroyed by the Moroccan army, killing several Saharawi, the protesters went into town, where they set on fire symbols of the plundering.
Published: 10.11 - 2010 00:52Printer version    
Monday 8 November, the Moroccan army destroyed a peaceful protest camp in Western Sahara. The camp had developed over the last weeks.

Saharawi have protested the marginalisation they face in their own country, and the plunder of the territory. Several governments and companies take part in the plunder, without consulting the Saharawi people. This is in violation of international law, as stated by the UN.

As the protesters were forced to El Aaiun, street riots broke out, against symbols of the Moroccan occupation.

From what Western Sahara Resource Watch has been told, an office of the Delegation for Energy and Minerals in Smara Avenue was put on fire. Also a truck of fish was observed destroyed. Such trucks normally transport fish from the occupied territories northwards to Morocco.

Most people employed in the fisheries sector in Western Sahara are Moroccan settlers that Morocco has moved into the territory in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Western Sahara is treated by the UN as a Non-Self-Governing Territory - a colony.

Several Saharawi have been reported killed by the Moroccan forces.


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