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(en) cnt.es: CNT in solidarity with the protests in the RIF (ca) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 1 Jul 2017 07:40:15 +0300


For months, there have been protests in Alhucemas and other Rif cities in northern Morocco against the unjust treatment that the Moroccan state has given the rife population for decades. The corruption of the Moroccan state, the lack of public infrastructures in the region, the attack on the culture and language rifeñas, the precarious conditions of life and the absence of freedom and autonomy to express themselves as a people. ---- Protests have increased as a result of the arrest of dozens of activists of the Popular Movement of Alhucemas, which raises the social and political demands of the Rifle people through the peaceful mobilizations that are developing, and where women are increasingly prominent , As drivers. ---- *In recent days, mobilizations have spread outside the Rif, with massive demonstrations in Rabat, tens of thousands of people. To all this are joined the acts of solidarity that have taken place in various European cities, in support of the protests in the Rif.

We know that, at present, there are at least 200 detainees, who have been transferred mostly to Rabat, although these figures are provisional, because their numbers are constantly increasing. Several prisoners, including Nasser Zafzafi, Mohamed Jelloul and Mohamed Mejjaoui, and several prisoners, including Silya Ziani, and many others, have begun a hunger strike in protest of the arrests. These are totally arbitrary and are directed against peaceful activists and demonstrators, just because they are socially and politically annoying because of their just demands.

Ill-treatment of detainees is the norm and there are numerous cases of torture. The Moroccan army has strengthened its presence in Alhucemas and treats the population as if it were in a military zone occupied.

The press has been muzzled and the Moroccan public television tries to discredit the protests by means of the most rough manipulations. The Moroccan National Press Union (SNPM) has denounced them and demanded the release of detained journalists, such as Mohamed El Asrihi de Rif 24, Jaouad Al Sabry photographer of Araghi TV, Abdelali Haddou of Rifpress, Houssein El Idrissi of Awar TV , Fouad Assaidi ... With these names, only a few of the 200 people arrested so far, we do not intend to prioritize some cases in front of others, but to put names and surnames to the prisoners, to support their relatives, companions and companions and to demand the:

- IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF ALL PRISONERS AND PRISONERS FOR POLITICAL REASONS

We must remember that, unfortunately, this situation is not unique. Just one night before the great demonstration in Rabat, the Moroccan police and army brutally suppressed in El Aiun a call in support of Saharawi political prisoners and to claim the right of self-determination.

It is no coincidence that in the Rif, as happened in Western Sahara, the Moroccan army has bombarded the civilian population with napalm, in a recent past. That's why we also demand the:

-INMEDITED DEMILITARIZATION OF RIF AND SÁHARA

It says the majcen (the circle of oligarchs that surrounds the crown of Morocco) that the protests are organized from abroad. At the same time, the king receives Macrón. But in reality it is the majcen which encourages the protests with its injustice, the one that eats from the hand of the French imperialism, the one that receives military aid of the state of Israel to oppress the Saharawis or the one that is supported by the corrupting and oppressive monarchy Saudi friend of Trump.

Similarly, repression and lack of rights in the Rif are no obstacle to the Spanish government continue to support the Moroccan regime, as have not been so far decades of international breaches and non-compliance in the Sahara. In fact, the Spanish government is one of the main allies of the Moroccan monarchy since the time of Hassan II.

Not in vain, the north of Morocco has become a space of delocalisation of many Spanish companies, that have transferred to this zone their production, to take advantage of the low wages and the lack of union rights. Similarly, the Moroccan government plays a key role in monitoring the southern European border and in the control of cross-strait immigration, as a gendarme serving Europe, with constant abuses and violations of human rights. Its own population and migrants from other countries.

A government such as Spanish, at the service of the elites who benefit from this situation, can only be complicit in the policies of the Moroccan government, in a general and shared context of freedom cuts and rights retreat.

For this reason, solidarity and the joint struggle with the workers of North Africa and the Rif in particular are fundamental for the improvement of the conditions of life of the working class.

One of the hallmarks of CNT is its internationalist commitment. At the beginning of the last century, CNT strongly opposed, among protests and strikes, the recruitment of workers and the war in the Rif. Consequently, from CNT we support the just demands of the Rhone people, we declare our total support and solidarity to their mobilizations and to the demands of the Popular Movement Rifeño, which are the following:

- Immediate release of detainees for political reasons.

- Demilitarization of the Rif and free exercise of the rights of manifestation, assembly and freedom of expression.

-Construction and equipment of hospitals, universities and schools. Right to quality and free public health and education.

- Social measures of distribution of the wealth that allow the end of the misery. Right to a decent home and life.

- End of the corruption and mafia structure that governs the Maghreb.

-Respect to the culture and language rifeña.

-Liberty and trade union freedom.

CNT has always bet on building a world without borders, in which people do not have to leave their land because of political persecution or lack of work and social rights, which belong to everyone.

That is why we encourage everyone to give the maximum possible support to the companions of the RIF, supporting solidarity committees and attending all the demonstrations and rallies held for this cause.

CNT-Córdoba Foreign Secretariat - Confederal Committee

http://cnt.es/noticias/cnt-en-solidaridad-con-las-protestas-en-el-rif
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