Rabat - On Sunday night, security forces withdrew from Sid Abid, the neighborhood in Al Hoceima where most protests have been taking place.
Rabat – On Sunday night, security forces withdrew from Sid Abid, the neighborhood in Al Hoceima where most protests have been taking place.
In a video uploaded onto Facebook, police vehicles are seen leaving the area whilst young protesters cheer.
News website Lakome2 reported that in the downtown area of Al Hoceima, life was normal and there were no signs of protests.
Despite ongoing tensions,recurring protests and regular strikes in Al Hoceima and neighboring cities like Imzouren and Ajdir, there have been moments of respite between security forces and protesters, and daily life has continued.
Politicians, intellectuals, and human rights activists have however urged the government to respond quickly to the protesters’ social demands and to release detained activists.
The government has responded to these demands by assuring that development projects are underway.
On Saturday, advisors to King Mohammed VI and leaders of political parties convened in the Royal Palace in Rabat to discuss the protests.
This meeting came after calls were issued to the King by civil society and human rights NGO’s to intervene because attempts to hold dialogue between the government and leading activists of the protests had failed.
Protesters reiterated that their main demands are purely “social”. The government acknowledged that these demands are legitimate and promised to meet them “as quickly and duly” as possible.