Saharawis in Bilbao, Spain, demonstrated as a cargo vessel is arriving to pick up more controversial windmill components for occupied Western Sahara.
A group of Saharawis gathered today in front of the headquarters of Siemens Gamesa in Bilbao, Spain, to protest against the company's involvement in Moroccan energy projects in occupied Western Sahara.
The company has systematically failed to take into account the right to self-determination of the Saharawi people.
The demonstrators carried signs such as “Siemens Gamesa, stop supporting the occupation of Western Sahara” and “Sell your dirty windmills elsewhere”.
The demonstration took place the day before a Dutch-flagged cargo vessel Monika is arriving Bilbao to pick up windmill components destined for the controversial Boujdour windpark. The vessel is part of a large fleet of ships that has gone back and forth between Spain and Western Sahara since June this year.
Siemens Gamesa is currently constructing the biggest energy project in the occupied territory so far, a 300MW park, for Italian group Enel. The project is described in the WSRW report Greenwashing Occupation issued in October 2021.
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L'associazione Western Sahara Resource Watch ha pubblicato oggi stesso un rapporto che descrive come il Marocco intenda costruire impanti di energia rinnovabile di più di 1000 MW (megawatt) nel Sahara Occidentale, un territorio che il Marocco occupa parzialmente.