Travelled to interview on EU fish deal - expelled from Western Sahara
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4 Norwegian youth politicians are currently, 6 November 2012, expelled from occupied Western Sahara. The group travelled to the territory to meet with Saharawi human rights activists – and to learn how the Saharawis view the EU’s plans this week to negotiate a new deal for illegal fisheries offshore the occupied territory.
Published 06 November 2012

A group of 4 Norwegian youth politicians, from two of the the coalition parties of the Norwegian government, are currently being expelled from Western Sahara by Moroccan police.

The group has for the last 24 hours been sitting in their hotel, as they were ordered by the police not to go outdoors, and to not meet with "friends" in the city. This prevented them last night from meeting Saharawis to talk about the EU’s plans for illegal fisheries in the territory.

This afterrnoon, the story took a new turn, as they were expelled from the territory.

“We were called at our hotel room, and told to present ourselves in the reception. There, 15 police officers were waiting for us”, told Pål Spjelkavik, from the executive committee of Norway’s labour youth.

The group has been told that they will be expelled to Agadir, and left El Aaiun approximately 3PM on 6 November.

EU will this week carry out negotiations with the Moroccan government to fish in Western Sahara – a territory that Morocco is brutally occupying. Former fisheries deals have been qualified by the former UN Legal Chief as in violation of international law. No effort has been taken by the European Union to consult the Saharawis on matters relating to the management of the fish stocks on their land.

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