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Un-PC travel to Morocco

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1. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I've been speaking to people about their plans to travel to Morocco, but I've also been speaking to my uncle who's prominent in a well known NGO aid organisation who says that the Moroccan's have just kicked out all the west Saharans out of west Sahara and have constructed a fence and there are now more Moroccan soldiers in west sahara than settlers.
Although the travellers I spoke to don't seem to be bothered

does anyone else travel with a respect for politics and not supporting regimes that are flouting human rights?

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Where do you draw the line, though? Go to Amensty Internationals website and look at the country you live in (your English, right?) There isn't a country out there that isn't doing something bad to it's or others citizens.

I'm not saying that one shouldn't take that into consideration, just saying that it can become an exercise in spliting hairs.


3. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I can respect that, and I wouldn't travel to England at the moment, I didn't support the government in their choices as a lot of other english people didn't, we are as a nation pretty angry so...

I also agree there are plenty if not most of countries out there abusing rights but I also think there are situations that are obviously more inflamed or desperate that travel to those countries in a way condones the situations? no?

I don't know Im just very interested in peoples opinions what do you think?

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I think most of the time it's best to visit the country, but try to use locally produced/owned goods and services (this is sort of the Lonely Planet line, and I agree with it) so that you're not directly paying into the government pocket. After all, the vast majority of Morrocan people have nothing to do with the government messing about with the West Sahara, and it would seem a shame to punish them for it, much as you and I have no control over Mr Tony Blair, mim.

But that's my opinion, I could understand why folk might not want to visit.

5. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I had a similar response on another forum, I can agree with you there! although I think I try to do this anyway?!