Rabat - As the crisis in Rif reaches a stalemate, partly due to the continuous detention of dozens of activists and the death of two protesters – which some have attributed to aggressive police intervention during protests in the region – questions have been raised about whether state-friendly businessman Nouredine Ayouch’s attempt at mediation could bring an end to the deadlock.

Saad Eddine Lamzouwaq is a reporter who worked as an assistant to several TV correspondents in Morocco.