The Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH) has presented their annual report on the deterioration of the country’s treatment for their civilians as 1,020 are currently being either detained or being tried for participating in peaceful protests. Previously in 2011, Morocco adopted a new constitution that granted freedom of speech, strengthened an independent judiciary and embodied Amazigh as the new national language due to an influx in protests. However, the country continues to fail its people, so protests rise.
After a fishmonger was crushed inside a truck in attempt to hide fish confiscated by police, protests arose over economic and social demands that resulted in the detention of 52 people. Then the unjust prison sentences began. The leader of these protests, Nasser Zefzafi, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for participating in the protest. The imprisonment led to a rise in additional protests against the injustice of the government. These protests have been the most chaotic demonstrations in years and the AMDH has criticized the justice system for the violation of press freedom through the trial of local journalists including Hamid El Mahdaoui, who wrote on the protests. Currently, Morocco awaits for a redemptive change in laws.

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