Thousands in Morocco join march in solidarity with Hirak Rif

Protesters stage a demonstration in Rabat, Morocco on 16 July 2017 [Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency]

Protesters stage a demonstration in solidarity with Hirak Rif in Rabat, Morocco on 16 July 2017

Thousands of Moroccans yesterday protested in Rabat to demand “dignity and social justice” and to express their solidarity with the Hirak Rif movement in the north of the country which has been going on for more than eight months.

The Popular Front for Dignity and Social Justice called for the march which saw participants chanting slogans demanding the release of detainees.

Demonstrators also called for a “fair distribution of wealth” and “a fair and equitable transitional movement of teachers from one city to another in the education and training sector.”

Since last October, Al Hoceima and a number of towns and villages in the Rif region have witnessed constant protests demanding greater “development and fighting marginalisation as well as corruption”.

Read: Morocco jails 10 Rif activists

The protests began following the killing of fisherman Mohsen Fikri, who was crushed to death in a garbage truck while trying to retrieve goods the police had confiscated from him.

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The number of activists detained as a result of the Hirak Rif has risen to 176, according to government spokesman Mustapha Khalfi ten days ago.

(Source / 17.07.2017)

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