In protest of unemployment and the plunder of their natural resources, 7 Saharawi youth occupied the UN offices of Smara, Western Sahara, this week. The protest took place on the same place where Morocco is currently looking for gas.
The UN's MINURSO operation has several bases in the occupied territory. Their premises in Smara was this week occupied by unemployed youth.
They entered the UN building "in protest against the suppression from Moroccan authorities, the unemployment and the plunder of our natural resources", one of them stated to the Spanish news service EFE.
Smara is the same place with the Irish/British oil companies San Leon Energy and Longreach are exploring for gas in violation of a UN legal opinion.
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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