Moroccan rights activist denounces a 'relaunch of repression’

By Ilhem Rachidi

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During the ‘Arab Spring’ uprisings which swept from Tunisia to Libya, Egypt and Syria in 2011, a less dramatic uprising forced significant change in Morocco, a former French colony ruled by the authoritarian regime of a centuries-old monarchy. The ‘February 20th movement’, as the pro-democracy front became known after the first mass rallies in the capital Rabat, rallied hundreds of thousands in street protests around the country calling for democratic constitutional reform, the respect of human rights, a greater share of national wealth and an end to corruption.