Friday, July 21
Is Morocco Headed Toward Insurrection?
Protesters raise the flag of the Rif Republic (left) and the pan-Berber tricoleur (right) at a demonstration in the northern town of Al-Hoceima, Morocco, June 1, 2017.
"Curfews, roadblocks, checkpoints on highways leading to Al Hoceima in northeastern Morocco; neighborhoods encircled by military trucks; police attacking protesters; mass arrests; activists abducted off the streets. Since May 26, the first day of Ramadan, the city of Al Hoceima has seen continuous tumult, culminating with a day of bloody clashes on June 26, in what is now being called the Black Eid of 2017. Tensions had been running high in the Rif region, with ongoing protests since October, when a young fish vendor died at the hands of the police, crushed to death in a trash compactor as he tried to retrieve his confiscated merchandise. A truce of sorts had been negotiated in mid-May, when a ministerial delegation arrived in the city of Al Hoceima promising various development projects. ..."
2016 July: FirstLook: Learning from the Pattern-Masters, 2016 July: Souffles-Anfas: A Critical Anthology (2015)