A group of former miners who once worked for a state-owned Western Sahara company that paid $1 million-plus for a lavish Clinton Foundation affair say the Democratic presidential frontrunner “sold her soul” for all the questionable cash donations that have come to light in recent weeks.
The Sahrawi Arab miners, interviewed by Politico in Laayoune, Western Sahara, used to work for a subsidiary of OCP, the Moroccan government-owned phosphate company that provided more than $1 million for a two-day gathering of Clinton Foundation operatives. The mission of the meeting, which was described as a lavish affair, was to discuss the foundation’s campaign with the Moroccan government to improve Middle Easterners’ and North Africans’ lives.
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Bill Clinton reportedly opened the affair with a nod at OCP and King Mohamed VI and “Morocco’s longstanding friendship to my family and to the United States,” Politico said, citing the miners’ statements.
But the miners now say their lives haven’t been that great.
OCP pushed them to retire early and cut back their pensions, and now they’re fighting to survive financially, they said, Politico reported. Meanwhile, the company keeps hiring ethnic Moroccans for the senior level positions, they accuse. And they see politics at play, decrying what they perceive as the “arbitrary and prolonged detention” and the “physical and verbal abuse” the U.S. State Department finds Moroccan officials put on Sahrawis who fight for indendence in Western Sahara, which is controlled by Morocco, Politico reported.
They fault Hillary Clinton for some of that Moroccan backlash, and say her presidency would only make matter worse.
“Hillary Clinton sold her soul when they accepted that money,” said one of the former miners, Mohamed Lahwaimed, Politico reported. “And now we are concerned that if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency of the United States of America, she will take the side of Moroccans even more.”
Another, Lahbib Salhi, said: “All the tainted money that Morocco has gathered from taking away our rights has been used to bribe the Clinton Foundation and the international community.”
Clinton has seen her presidential campaign stalled because of accusations the foundation she’s affiliated with accepted millions of dollars in donations from overseas sources, in order to gain influence with her while she served as secretary of state.