1 January 2013

Morocco - Security Forces Disperse a Peaceful Demonstration and Arrest Number of Demonstrators

press release

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounced the use of the excessive force by the Moroccan authorities to disperse the demonstrations that took place in Marrakech to protest against the high cost of living.

On December 29, 2012, the security forces used the water trucks and tear gases to disperse the mas demonstration that took place in Marrakech. They protested against the high cost of living, the hikes of the water and electricity bills and the decision of the government to increase the tax on cars by 1000 Moroccan Dirhams as of January 2013. The result was arrests and injuries among many of them.

The district of Sidi Youssef Ben Ali witnessed the a demonstrations of hundreds of the families to express their anger and refusal of the water and electricity bills hikes, which led them to assemble in front of the Marrakech water and electricity utility (RADEEMA),before the police intervened to disperse the demonstrators which led to congestion among the protesters. Then it is developed after the security forces arrested 30 of the participants.

ANHRI said that "the adoption of the security solution in dealing with the demonstrators, means that the Moroccan authorities did not understand the changes that took place in the Arab countries recently, as the people won't accept submission and silence. Instead of the dialogue with people to identify their demands and needs, the authorities resort to adopt the security solutions that became worthless with the people".

ANHRI calls on the immediate release of all the prisoners of opinion and conscience in the Moroccan prisons. ANHRI calls on the respect of the freedom of opinion and expression.

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