Morocco prevents four Basque parliamentarians from entering Western Sahara

PUSL.- According to EFE, Basque parliamentarians Carmelo Barrio (PP), Josu Estarrona (EH Bildu), Iñigo Martínez Zatón and Eva Juez (PNV) were expelled by Moroccan occupation authorities on Sunday after trying to enter Western Sahara, where they planned to develop a week of visits and contacts with Saharawi activists.

Basque representatives could not get off the plane at El Aaiún airport.

This is not the first time that a group of Spanish politicians has been forced to return without even stepping on Saharawi territory; In fact, the most common is that this happens almost systematically and Morocco never gives a written expulsion order.

The main argument that Moroccan authorities often use is that visitors declare themselves tourists when they actually travel to engage in diplomatic or political activity, “violating immigration laws” and “with a hostile agenda towards Morocco.”

Morocco has no sovereignty over the non-autonomous territory of Western Sahara, although it is the administrative power, in fact for that reason it does not want to let foreigners tread the ground of Western Sahara. All expulsions are contrary to the law.

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Port workers’ union protests against arrival of blood phosphate ship mined in Western Sahara

Fuseworks Media.- The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU), representing port workers at Napier port, has today handed a letter of protest to the captain of a ship carrying Blood Phosphate mined in the Western Sahara that arrived at the port this morning.

‘The ship chartered by Ravensdown, the Federal Crimson, carrying a cargo of blood phosphate mined in Western Sahara and being imported into New Zealand, berthed in Napier today, ’ said RMTU General Secretary Wayne Butson.

‘Last month the Council of Trade Unions (CTU) passed a resolution condemning Morocco’s illegal occupation of Western Sahara and calling upon the New Zealand government to halt importation of phosphates from the area. As an affiliate to the CTU the RMTU registered our protest meeting the captain of the vessel and handing him a letter that included the CTU resolution, ‘ he said.

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