"Which fish ends up at the Christmas table? Against a new fishery agreement between the EU and Morocco”. December 19th 2010, demonstrators gathered in front of the German foreign office and the French embassy in protest over the EU plundering of occupied Western Sahara.
Fourth Sunday of Advent, demonstrations were arranged in Berlin against the EU fisheries agreement, and the German government's uncritical relations with Morocco.
Germany in 2006 voted for an EU fisheries agreement politically supporting the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara. The four year fisheries agreement will expire in February 2011. The EU tax payer's money have for these four years been paid to the Moroccan government, so that Spanish fishermen can fish in occupied Western Sahara in violation of international law. The people of Western Sahara were never consulted whether they wanted the EU fishing fleet offshore their territory, something which the international law prescribes.
In November, the foreign policy spokesperson of the Left Party in the Bundestag, Sevim Dagdelen, was brutally prevented by Moroccan authorities to enter Western Sahara to get a picture of the Moroccan terror against Saharawis who were protesting against the marginalization they experience in their rich homeland.
In contrast, German Minister Westerwelle, was received much more warmly by the Moroccan government, as he visited Rabat. In his press statement of 15 November 2010 Guido Westerwelle stated:
"Germany and Morocco have excellent relations. We want to strengthen them politically, especially economically. Our goal is a strategic energy partnership with Morocco. Morocco is a pioneer in renewable energy in North Africa. We have the technology, so we are great partners. Germany promotes the development of solar energy in Morocco with 40 million €, I have just pledged another three million Euros for the Moroccan solar plan."
During the manifestation the German Foreign Minister, Westerwelle, appeared dressed as Santa Claus, handing over his awards to the King Mohammed of Morocco.
Westerwelle aka. Santa, presents the award Mr. Westerwelle as Santa Claus "Germany and Morocco have very excellent relations!"
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.
It's not easy keeping up with all the different legal proceedings relating to Western Sahara. For the sake of clarity, here's an overview of the five different cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Leading activists from Western Sahara are condemned to sentences ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment in connection to a mass protest in 2010 denouncing the Saharawi people’s social and economic marginalization in their occupied land; the Gdeim Izik protest camp.
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.