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Morocco jails 10 Rif activists

Protesters, supporting Rif Movement leader Nasser Zefzafi stage a demonstration demanding from government to take action for development of the region, in Imzouren own of Hoceima, Morocco on June 11, 2017 [Jalal Morchidi / Anadolu Agency]
Protesters, supporting Rif Movement leader Nasser Zefzafi stage a demonstration demanding from government to take action for development of the region, in Imzouren own of Hoceima, Morocco on June 11, 2017 [Jalal Morchidi / Anadolu Agency]

Ten Moroccan activists were handed prison terms of between six and 20 months on Thursday following a crackdown on protesters in Al-Hoceima, the Anadolu Agency reported.

The official spokesman of the Moroccan government, Mustafa Al-Khalfi, said 176 demonstrators have been arrested in the Al-Hoceima Governorate in the north of the country by Thursday.

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Sixty-three others are awaiting trials but are not being held in police custody, he added.

The government, Al-Khalfi explained, is looking into reports of torture at the hands of judicial and security forces in the country, noting that the National Council for Human Rights had reported the abuses.

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Wide scale protests have been held in Al-Hoceima since October after a fisherman was crushed to death in a garbage truck after he tried to salvage his catch which police had confiscated and thrown away.

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