Jailed Morocco protest leader ends hunger strike


The jailed leader of a Moroccan protest movement on Thursday ended a hunger strike six days after launching it in protest against prison conditions, his lawyer said.

Nasser Zefzafi, who led the Hirak protest movement in Morocco’s marginalised north in 2016 and 2017, was handed a 20-year jail term in June along with three others for “plotting to undermine the security of the state”.

Zefzafi has been serving his sentence at the Oukacha prison in Casablanca, where he began the hunger strike on Friday last week.

The aim was to get the rights enjoyed by other prisoners, by being taken out of isolation and put in a “dignified cell where he can see and talk” with the detainees, his father Ahmed Zefzafi said at the time.

His lawyer Mohamed Aghnaj told AFP that Zefzafi had stopped his hunger strike on Thursday, without being able to say whether his demands had been met.

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