1000’s of individuals have protested in Morocco’s capital Rabat, demanding the discharge of 42 activists who had rallied in opposition to corruption and unemployment.
Sunday’s “march of the Moroccan folks” was organised by political and civil rights teams, in addition to the households of detainees.
It comes weeks after a courtroom upheld jail sentences for the activists, who held protests in 2016 and 2017.
Authorities accuse them of threatening the safety of the nation.
Protesters have been pictured with flags, banners and footage of the jailed activists, who’re members of Hirak Rif – or the “Rif Motion”.
The demonstrations additionally referred to as for the discharge of journalist Hamid El Mahdaoui, who’s serving a three-year sentence for masking the protests in Morocco’s northern Rif area.
Why have been the activists imprisoned?
In June 2018, a courtroom sentenced Nasser Zefzaki, the chief of Hirak Rif, to 20 years in jail.
The identical time period was given to activists Ouassim El Boustati and Samir Ghid, whereas others got sentences of as much as 15 years.
The Hirak Rif organised protests in 2016 and 2017 after the dying of a fishmonger in Al-Hoceima, a city in Rif.
Fishmonger Mohcine Fikri was crushed to dying by a garbage lorry while attempting to get well his fish which had been confiscated by native police.
The incident prompted a wave of anger and 1000’s took to the streets, accusing authorities of corruption and an abuse of energy.