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Moroccans demand boycott of Spanish products


Rabat, Morocco

Moroccan activists demanded on Saturday a boycott of Spanish products after the rise in tensions between Rabat and Madrid for the reception of the leader of an outlaw separatist movement in Western Sahara.

Thousands of boycott calls have been launched, including journalists on social media with accounts in Arabic, French and Spanish.

In Morocco, where more than 800 Spanish companies operate, Spain has been considered a business partner since 2012.

Tensions began at the end of April when Madrid welcomed Brahim Ghali to Spain to treat a severe case of coronavirus.

The Spanish authorities have not informed the Moroccan government of this decision.

Spain claims it was for humanitarian purposes, but Moroccan officials called it an “unacceptable provocation” and threatened with consequences.

After high-level diplomatic meetings on Tuesday, tensions eased slightly. Moroccan authorities have regained control of the border region, while Spain’s High Court summoned Ghali on June 1 for a preliminary hearing in a war crimes case against him.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has expressed his firm commitment to protect Spain’s borders but has not directly criticized Morocco.

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