Morocco Hit By Clashes, Mass Arrests as Authorities Strain to Curb Rif Unrest

Anti-government protesters during a rally organized by the pro-democracy February 20 movement, Casablanca, Morocco, Sept. 25, 2011 (AP photo by Abdeljalil Bounhar).
Anti-government protesters during a rally organized by the pro-democracy February 20 movement, Casablanca, Morocco, Sept. 25, 2011 (AP photo by Abdeljalil Bounhar).

Editor’s Note: Every Friday, WPR Associate Editor Robbie Corey-Boulet curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent. Morocco’s northern Rif region was the scene of violent clashes and mass arrests in an escalation of tensions that can be traced back to the gruesome death of a fish vendor during an altercation with police last October. On Friday, Amnesty International accused authorities of carrying out “a chilling wave of arrests” of at least 71 people in recent days, including activists and bloggers. Among those arrested was Nasser Zefzafi, a 39-year-old who has emerged as a leading activist […]

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