Morocco: Angry protesters demand freedom for seven Jerada activists

Dozens of protesters gathered outside the Court of First Instance in the north-eastern Moroccan city of Oujda on Monday to demand freedom for seven activists who were put on trial for demonstrating after two brothers were killed an abandoned mine last December. The court recently postponed the trial for the seven who had participated in protests which were sparked by the deaths in Jerada... Еще. Protesters have been campaigning against the Moroccan government's economic policy, which they allege encourages people to work in abandoned mines despite dangerous conditions. The Jerada mine used to employ over 9,000 people before it closed in 1990. Despite the mine being closed down, impoverished young people continue to brave the pits — dubbed 'the mines of death' — to extract coal to sell to local traders.

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