Rabat - Government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi has pledged the government's responsiveness to all requests made by families and lawyers of detained activists of Al Hoceima protests.
Rabat – Government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi has pledged the government’s responsiveness to all requests made by families and lawyers of detained activists of Al Hoceima protests.
During a government council meeting held on Thursday, El Khalfi said that the government will respond to the requests made by families and lawyers, who have been asking to be allowed to visit the detainees, adding that the Moroccan authorities respects all legitimate protests.
He went on to add that “every detainee claiming to have been tortured will be directly referred to medical experts, an investigation will be opened and the law will be enforced based on these results.”
El Khalfi stated that Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani has urged ministers to do their utmost and “always remember that they are in service to Moroccans and that they have to fulfill their commitments.”
“The government affirms that its approach in dealing positively with the legitimate demands in Al Hoceima and other Moroccan regions is constant and will be based on dialogue,” said El Khalfi.
The seven months of protests came following the death of Mouhcine Fikri in October 2016, a fishmonger who was fatally crushed in a trash compactor while attempting to retrieve merchandise discarded by authorities.
Tensions have grown over the past few days following the arrest of leading activist Nasser Zefzafi.