Rabat - The Moroccan authorities remain committed to the protection of the dignity of citizens and the respect of human rights in all of Morocco, including the southern provinces, said on Tuesday, Interior Minister, Mohamed Hassad.
Rabat – The Moroccan authorities remain committed to the protection of the dignity of citizens and the respect of human rights in all of Morocco, including the southern provinces, said on Tuesday, Interior Minister, Mohamed Hassad.
Addressing MPs at the House of Representatives’ question time, Hassad said that the authorities remain committed to protecting the lives and property of citizens, in accordance with the law.
He said the meetings held in Laayoune by Mr. Ross, who arrived Friday in the city, took place in a normal atmosphere, adding that on Saturday around 6 pm, a group of 80 individuals known to their relationships with other parties, tried to gather on public roads, and threw stones and Molotov cocktails on the police force.
Given these provocative acts, instructions were given to the police to restore law and order and protect public and private property, said Mr. Hassad, noting that dispersing the crowd took place without use of force.
After the failure of these attempts, groups of 20 to 40 individuals used the same methods in some neighborhoods and committed acts of vandalism by throwing stones at police forces, setting fire to car tires and blocking traffic in some streets, said Mr. Hassad.
These acts continued until 11pm and five elements of police were injured and taken to hospital, he said, stressing that these events were recorded in photo and video format.
On Sunday, October 20, rumors began to circulate, according to which the police allegedly raided two houses, the minister said, adding that investigations were undertaken with relevant services that categorically refuted these allegations.
He said that “the rumors were circulated for propaganda purposes”.
Mr. Hassad has had on this occasion paid tribute to members of the police, the Royal Gendarmerie, the Auxiliary forces, the fire department, and local authorities that showed calm and remarkable restraint while facing theses provocations.