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