Morocco: Clashes erupt at anti-mining protest in Jerada

Clashes erupted between protesters and police officers at an anti-mining protest in north-eastern Jerada, a former mining city, on Wednesday. According to local authorities, the unrest began when hooded protesters started throwing stones at police officers. Protesters who were demanding the release of the three detained activists marched through the streets, managing to break through police... Еще blockades. Demonstrators have been campaigning against the economic policy of the government, which encourages people to dig abandoned mines in dangerous conditions. The Jerada mine used to employ over 9,000 people before it closed in 1990. Despite the mine being shuttered, impoverished young people continue to brave the pits — dubbed «the mines of death» — to extract coal by hand to sell to local traders.

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