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Vol 58 No 12

Published 9th June 2017


Rif in revolt

Rebellion is stirring once more in the northern Rif region, regardless of King Mohammed VI's efforts to pacify the area with big infrastructural investment, such as the Tanger-Med container port and a new high-speed train. The 1958 revolt, which M6's father King Hassan II, then Crown Prince, brutally suppressed is not forgotten. The spirit of secession in the Berber-speaking, formerly Spanish-ruled area was quickly reignited when an El Hoceima fishmonger, Mouhcine Fikri, died in a rubbish lorry while trying to retrieve fish which had been condemned and confiscated. The secessionist Hirak el Shaabi ('Popular Movement') has gained momentum.

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