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Activists protest in front of the European Parliament to demand immediate release of journalists and political detainees in Morocco

Human rights activists protested in front of the headquarters of the European Parliament in the French city of Strasbourg, in solidarity with prisoners of conscience and political detainees in Morocco and demanded their release.

The protest staged by human rights activists in France came in response to the call of France’s Committee to Support Political Prisoners and Prisoners of Conscience in Morocco, the Association of Moroccan Workers in France, the Association of Moroccans in France, the Association for the Defense of Human Rights in Morocco and the Institute of “Mehdi Ben Barka – A Living Memory”.

The protesters raised slogans calling for the release of all political and opinion detainees, including journalists Omar Radi, Suleiman Raissouni, Tawfiq Bouachrine and the Rif’s movement detainees.

The protesters expressed their solidarity with Raissouni, Radi and Bouachrine, calling for their immediate and unconditional release, stressing that the press is not a crime.

They also demanded the release of activist Noureddine Al-Awaj, who was arrested immediately after the end of a protest in solidarity with Raissouni and Radi, before the Court of Appeal in Casablanca last June, he was convicted for “insulting constitutional institutions, insulting organized bodies and incitement for a felony.” As well as activist Fatima Zahra Ould Belaid, nicknamed “Seman”.

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