In complete violation of international law, Morocco is pillaging the minerals and phosphates in occupied Western Sahara. This week, their office in El Aaiun was raided by Saharawis. A phosphate worker was killed by Moroccan police.
The UN has established that Saharawis must be consulted if natural resource activities in Western Sahara can take place.
But Morocco and the international firms that take part in the plunder, fail to consult the Saharawis.
This video shows the offices of the Department of Mines being raided by angry Saharawis. The raids started as the peaceful protest camp outside El Aaiun was stormed by Moroccan police on Monday 8 October.
In the same disturbances, not far from where this video was recorded, a worker of the phosphate mine was killed by the police. His name is Mahmoud Badi Gargar (below), and he has worked in the phosphate mines for 5 years. Mahmoud leaves wife and 2 kids.
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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