Following the July 22 protest against the high cost of living and the increase in prices, which was violently repressed and disbursed by riot police, 6 activists from the February 20th Movement were arrested. Their names are: Samir Bradelly, Abderrahman Assal, Tarek Rouchdi, Youssef Oubella, Nour Essalam Kartachi, and Laïla Nassimi (Laila is on temporary release).
The prisoners are now « officially » being accused of non-authorized assembly, insulting a public officer, assault and battery: accusations of guilt without evidence in order to conceal a political trial.
During their hearing before the judge on August 31, they confirmed that they were subjected to very serious physical and moral aggression. Through their eye-witness accounts, the prisoners took us back to a black era in Morocco’s history: a time of political trials, admissions of guilt signed under torture, rape with objects inserted into the anus, insults, humiliations, fingernails eyelashes pulled out…a history that would cause all proud Moroccans to blush with infinite shame.
In the face of such awful torture and treatment, they still affirm:
- Reaffirm our commitment to all claims that led us to join the February 20th Movement in the first place.
- Demand our immediate and unconditional freedom.
- Affirm our unconditional solidarity with all prisoners of conscience.
- Acknowledge with gratitude, those who supported us or expressed solidarity with us
- Invite all free activists to remain faithful to and continue protesting on the streets, and to challenge this tightening noose of repression that is suffocating the masses in this country.
such BAMFs I can’t even describe <3