Sahrawi Diaspora in Belgium protest against “illegal” shipment of marine oil

Gand (Belgium), January 27, 2017 (SPS) -The Sahrawi Diaspora in Belgium organized a protest rally at the port of Gand (northwest of Brussels) where the key Bay ship docked after unloading at the port of Fecamp (France) marine oil imported “illegally” from Western Sahara.

The participants in the rally chanted slogans denouncing the “plundering” of Western Sahara’s natural resources and carried banners demanding the respect of the principle of permanent sovereignty of peoples on their natural resources.

They also condemned the flagrant violation of European law and international law committed by the Moroccan occupation authorities and by this ship which loaded oil marine from the port of al-ayun without any valid document issued by the Sahrawi authorities,” according to the representative of the Polisario Front in Belgium Djamel Zakari.

“A letter of protest was given to the staff of the ship Key Bay with whom we held constructive discussions to protest against the shipping of this cargo of fish oil, imported illegally from Western Sahara,” he said.

However, no complaint was lodged in Belgium against this ship which docked at the end of the day at the port of Gand after a stop Saturday 14 January at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in Spain, and last Friday in Fecamp (France ) where it unloaded its entire cargo.SPS