Rabat - Abdelilah Benkirane, Secretary General of PJD, was struck by a flying water bottle at a press conference
Rabat – Abdelilah Benkirane, Secretary General of PJD, was struck by a flying water bottle at a press conference
As Moroccans waited for the official results of the legislative election of October 7, Secretary General of Justice and Development Party (PJD) Abdelilah Benkirane held a chaotic press conference in Rabat to announce the provisional polling results.
Dozens of journalists swarmed around Benkirane, blocking the vision of others, and resulting in a brief skirmish. In a video taken at the scene, journalists at the back are heard yelling at the ones in the front to sit down, while Benkirane repeatedly asks them to be quiet.
As Benkirane calls upon everyone to come to order, an empty bottle of water is seen tossed in his direction and hits him on the shoulder.It was not clear whether the person who tossed it meant to hit Benkirane or one of the journalists in the front.
Social media users have extensively shared the video of the chaotic encounter, a scene quite unusual for Moroccan press conferences.