12 November 2012

Morocco - the Police Forces Repress the Sharai Demonstration Violently Which Led to Several Injuries

ANHRI condemns repressing the peaceful demonstrations that took place in "ElYoen" and "Klimim" to memorize the second anniversary of "Akdim Ezk", through using the excessive force on Thursday November 8, 2012.

Police members in civil costume in addition to the back up forces have repressed the peaceful demonstrations which erupted in ElYoen, to memorize the second anniversary of "Akdim Ezk". The forces used the excessive force to disperse the demonstration and used violence to kill dozens of the civil Sharai demonstrators which led to several injuries in addition to the arrest of many of them.

It is worthy to be mentioned that the Moroccan authorities siege the city of "ElYoen" in the same day of the demonstrations using several police cars.

The same applied to the city of "Klimim", in which a peaceful march in the liberty square was organized in the street of Mustafa El Sayed "used to known as Elgaded street" to memorize the second anniversary of the massacre of "Akdim Ezk". The police forces used excessive force against it which led to several injuries and several arrests.

Previously the authorities have repressed the demonstrations that took place in the city of ElYoen and caused injuries to several activists.

ANHRI said that "the attack on the peaceful demonstrations and wounded activists is blatant violation to the freedom of opinion and expression. Suppression became the only method used by the Moroccan authorities to address the peaceful demonstrations and the same method of security of using the excessive violence to abuse the human body and the arrest of demonstrators, in an attempt to infanticide the popular movement which took place in the country. Such acts are clear in the Western Sahara region, which is witnessing widespread protests that calls for the right to self-determination".

ANHRI calls for the need to enforce the law and open an immediate investigation regarding these attacks and to hold those who were involved in the attack on the activists and bring them to justice.

ANHRI asserted on the significance of the effective discussion between the authorities and the citizens of Sharaa to define their calls and discuss it with them, in order to have pleasant solutions for both sides without using repression which will led only to escalate their demands.

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