ATTAC EUROPEAN ORGANISATIONS
DENOUNCE REPRESSION IN MOROCCO
AGAINST MAY-DAY DEMONSTRATORS
May Day demonstrations in Agadir, Ksar el Kebir, and other places in Morocco have this year encountered severe repression: bludgeon and other kind of beatings, imprisonings… Around ten trade-unionists and other members of social movements (1) have been soon after heavily sentenced – up to 3 years of prison and to fines of .10 000 dirhams for “attacks on the sacred values of the kingdom”. During the interrogatories they have been submitted to torture and to threats of sexual abuse. Others are being prosecuted for having organized solidarity actions with those put in jail, like in Beni Mellal : among them, Mohamed Yousfi, general secretary of the local section of Attac Morocco and also one of his comrades.
Several associations, trade-unions and political organisations have initiated a “national solidarity board for those arrested on May 1st, 2007” (INSAD-1st May), that has been immediately created in order to demand the liberation of all political prisoners, the cancelling of all judicial prosecutions, and respect for fundamental rights like strike, demonstration and freedom of expression.
On June 15th, as it was calling for a national action and solidarity day, INSAD has been violently targeted and repressed, especially in Rabat, where a solidarity sit-in had been planned by it in front of the Parliament. Police forces have charged the demonstrating crowd without warning, they have used their bludgeons (targeting even heads) and beaten and kicked people with their boots down to the ground. Among the people thus treated: the leaders of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH), its recently elected president Khadija Ryadi and its two vice-presidents. Because of the two-hour beatings, trampling and fighting, several people had to be then hospitalised.
European Attac organisations, together with many other organisations in Morocco and elsewhere around the world, denounce this escalating repression, demand the liberation of all political prisoners and the cancelling of prosecutions against demonstrators. They protest against the increasing attacks against fundamental human rights in a country that other use to great as a country of “good governance”. They worry about this abuse of authority that reminds of former Hassan II regime’s “leaden years”. They support the fight of the “national solidarity board for those arrested on May 1st, 2007” and all forces that fight for social rights and the institution of a real State of right in Morocco.
Made in Stockholm, July 8th, 2007
Attac : Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Morocco, Norway, Poland, Spain, Switzerland
(1) Especially from AMDH (Moroccan Association for Human Rights), Attac-Morocco, ANDCM (National association of graduated unemployed in Morocco