Amnesty International has called on the Moroccan authorities to allow mass peaceful demonstrations planned for this Sunday to go ahead peacefully, following a crackdown on similar protests last weekend.
Thousands are expected to take to the streets across the country on Sunday to demand political and human rights reform but there are fears the authorities may resort to heavy-handed tactics to quell the protests.
Last Sunday, scores were injured and at least 120 were briefly detained when security forces used unjustified force to break up a protest in central Casablanca.
“The unnecessary acts of violence witnessed last weekend are a disturbing regression and make a mockery of the Moroccan King’s promise a few days earlier to undertake fundamental reform and uphold human rights,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
“Moroccans must be allowed to peacefully protest without fear, rather than face attacks by security forces just for demanding their rights.”