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Morocco: Scuffles as protesters demand release of anti-mining activists in Jerada01:16

Morocco: Scuffles as protesters demand release of anti-mining activists in Jerada

Morocco, Jerada
March 11, 2018 at 03:54 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of people protested the arrest of three anti-mining activists in the north-eastern city of Jerada in Morocco on Friday.

Protesters who were demanding the release of the three detained activists marched through the streets, managing to break through police 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.

Morocco: Scuffles as protesters demand release of anti-mining activists in Jerada01:16
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Thousands of people protested the arrest of three anti-mining activists in the north-eastern city of Jerada in Morocco on Friday.

Protesters who were demanding the release of the three detained activists marched through the streets, managing to break through police 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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