While trade unionists marched worldwide in celebration of workers' rights on Labour Day, trade unionists in occupied Western Sahara were prevented from doing the same.
Western Sahara Resource Watch has received images of an effort to organise a peaceful manifestation in honour of labour day in El Aaiun, the capital of occupied Western Sahara. The event was planned by the Saharawi trade union confederation CSTS.
However, the assembled group was quickly surrounded by the Moroccan police, prohibiting them from marching out.
A wave of protests is currently sweeping through Western Sahara, as Saharawi take to the streets in reaction to the Security Council's failure to UN peace mission in the territory monitor the human rights situation.
New documentation shows that only 4 out of 75 purse seiners that the Moroccan government have licenced to fish on the pelagic stocks off Dakhla, occupied Western Sahara, are controlled by Saharawis.