Thousands of people demonstrated on Sunday in the Moroccan capital Rabat, calling for the release of dozens of activists jailed for up to 20 years over their role in a protest movement.
“The people want the release of the detainees,” demonstrators shouted as they marched behind a banner supporting activists linked to the Hirak movement.
Earlier this month a court upheld the ruling against 42 people linked to the Al-Hirak al-Shaabi – or “Popular Movement” – protests which took hold of the marginalized Rif region in October 2016.
AFP reporters saw thousands of people in the streets, some clutching photographs of those serving jail terms ranging from one to 20 years.
The sentences first handed down last June were upheld on April 6 by the Casablanca court of appeal.
Moroccan authorities insist the judicial process has followed international standards.
Morocco upholds sentences against Hirak protestersDozens of activists linked to the Hirak protest movement that rocked northern Morocco in 2016 and 2017 had prison sentences of up to 20 years upheld ... North Africa
Tens of thousands protest in Morocco over jailed Rif activistsTens of thousands of people took to the streets of Morocco’s capital Rabat on Sunday to demonstrate against the jailing of leaders of a protest ... North Africa