ChristChurch (New Zealand)- A New Zealand activist confirms she has been receiving rape and murder threats from Moroccan Facebook accounts after leading a protest against “blood phosphate”, illegally imported by two New Zealand companies from the occupied territory of Western Sahara.
Ms. Josie Butler has indeed organised various demonstrations last year and these last months in opposition to shipments of fertiliser, illegally extracted from the occupied territory of Western Sahara.
Since organising the last protest on June 2020, Butler says she has received rape and murder threats from Morocco, and has provided screenshots of the messages to New Zealand famous website, NewsHub:
Some of the messages read as follows: “We will eat you sweet and our army will be rape [sic],” one reads. “When it comes to our kingdom we kill every mother f***er that puts his hand,” another states.
Two New Zealand fertiliser firms, Ravensdown and Ballance, are still involved in the illegal import of the phosphate. A South African court already seized a shipment to one of these companies last 2017-2018 considering it a stolen good.
New Zealand activists have spoken out against the threats made against Butler and called for the companies involved to take action.
“Violent threats are just another tactic used by oppressive regimes in order to suppress opposition and avoid accountability,” says Sam Murphy, of Environmental Justice Ōtepoti in his statement to Newshub.
“Ravensdown and Ballance need to own the fact that they are enabling violence against Saharawi people in Western Sahara, and enabling violent threats against Kiwi human rights activists.”
Butler says she has reported the threats to the New Zealand Police and Netsafe.
“These threats are nothing compared to what Saharawi experience on a daily basis,” she says to Newshub.
“I cannot understand why Ravensdown and Ballance would want to do business with people who act like this. It’s frightening.”
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