The European Parliament has awarded Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, imprisoned in Russia after opposing Moscow's annexation of Crimea, with its prestigious Sakharov Prize.
Mouhcine Fikri was crushed by a garbage truck a year ago as he tried to retrieve his fish confiscated by the police. His death triggered in Rif region a movement for accountability and social justice. Morocco's response? Crackdowns and arrests.
These latest arrests came after two weeks of protests in the region to demand the release of Al-Hirak leaders who were detained a few weeks ago by authorities.
Protests in the Rif region have increased since the killing of a fishmonger last October.
Tensions have been simmering since the death in October of a fishmonger who was crushed inside a garbage truck while trying to salvage his fish confiscated by police. The arrested Nasser Zefzafi is seen as being the leader behind the protests.
Subscribe to our Youtube channel for all latest in-depth, on the ground reporting from around the world.
Copyright © 2021 TRT World.