More vids of demonstration and victims of EU/Moroccan plans in Sahara
Saharawi social media are boiling over of videos and images of the demonstration yesterday against the EU plans to partner with Morocco to exploit the fish resources of the occupied territory. We have gathered some of it.
The EU's plans to enter into an agreement with Morocco to fish in Western Sahara are in complete violation of international law, and such activity undermines the UN peace efforts, as described by governments, UN top officials and the PanAfrican Parliament. Saharawi social media are boiling of frustration over EU's possible violation of their rights next week.
Western Sahara is not part of Morocco, but is under partial Moroccan military occupation. Representatives of the Saharawis are in UN peace talks with Morocco. The people of the territory say they do not benefit from the Moroccan plunder, and are against the EU's plans. Read more about the 7 December 2013 demonstration here.
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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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 people’s social and economic marginalization in their occupied land; the Gdeim Izik protest camp.
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