On Friday, 20 January, a group of protesters was waiting in the port for the vessel to arrive, but the Key Bay didn't show. Sources in the harbour now state that the vessel will either enter this evening before 8pm local time, or early tomorrow morning.
French media has been covering the case of the fish oil imports on Friday; see France 3's TV report here (from '7:20 onwards). Local media such as Normandie-Actu and Ouest France also reported about this first import of fisheries products ever since the European Court of Justice concluded that the EU-Morocco Trade Deal covering such goods could not be applied to Western Sahara.
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.
At COP22, beware of what you read about Morocco’s renewable energy efforts. An increasing part of the projects take place in the occupied territory of Western Sahara and is used for mineral plunder, new WSRW report documents.
Big oil’s interest in occupied Western Sahara has taken a dramatic turn for the worse. Some companies are now drilling, in complete disregard of international law and the Saharawi people’s rights. Here’s what you need to know.