"Stop the illegal purchase of phosphates from occupied Western Sahara"
More than 300 people demonstrated in the Spanish city of Huelva, in protest of the company FMC Foret's import of phosphates from Western Sahara. Carrying banners such as "Western Sahara is not for sale", the protesters demanded an immediate stop of the imports.
Around 12:30 PM on Saturday 19th of April, more than 300 people from all around Spain demonstrated against the Spanish company FMC Foret, in Huelva, South Spain. FMC Foret imports phosphates from Moroccan authorities in occupied Western Sahara.
The protesters gathered at the Levante harbour, and walked up to the industrial complex at Huelva.
At the factory, they asked to enter the premises to carry out a "social inspection". The security guards of the company denied the protesters accesss.
Francisco Barbas, professor at the Factuly and Science and Work at the University of Huelva, gave a speach, that was handed over to a guard, who in turn was asked to hand it over to managing director of the FMC Factory, D. Miguel Martínez.
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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