Sidi Ifni en etat de siege - Maroc

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Jun 17 2008 20:29
Sidi Ifni en etat de siege - Maroc

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Nous apprenons ce matin 7 juin 2008, que de nombreux militants d'Attac et d'autres
organisations font face à une sauvage répression qui s'est abattue sur les
habitants de cette petite ville du Sud [1] du Maroc. Nos contacts nous ont parlé de
morts et la chaîne de télévision Al Jazeera a annoncé que quatre personnes étaient
décédées. D'autres rumeurs font état d'un nombre plus important.

Depuis le 30 mai dernier, les habitants de Sidi Ifni manifestent jour et nuit,
exaspérés par le clientélisme qui prévaut au sein de la municipalité lors de
l'attribution des emplois publics, alors que le chômage est endémique dans la
région et que l'ouverture d'un nouveau port qui fournirait de l'emploi, tarde à se
concrétiser.

Aussi, c'est d'abord vers le port que se sont dirigés les manifestants, qui y ont
installé un campement afin de bloquer la sortie des camions frigorifiques de
transport de poisson. Jour après jour, les manifestations se multiplient. Ainsi,
une manifestation de plus de 200 femmes a fait la jonction avec les jeunes et ce
sont plus de 4000 manifestants qui se sont rassemblés devant la municipalité
jusqu'à obtenir l'ouverture, le 2 juin, de négociations avec les autorités locales
et régionales. Une délégation a été constituée qui a revendiqué tout à la fois
des mesures immédiates permettant aux familles de subvenir à leurs besoins, la
finalisation de projets de développement économique (port et zone industrielle) et
le respect des droits et de la dignité des travailleurs du port.

Les autorités ont d'abord criminalisé le mouvement, taxé d'illégalité et de
manipulation extérieure, mais se sont finalement engagées à ouvrir une conserverie
de poisson dans un délai de 45 jours et d'ouvrir l'accès aux emplois de la
Solidarité nationale dans un délai de deux mois.

Mais les habitants, peu satisfaits des résultats des négociations et déjà échaudés
(depuis 2005) par de multiples promesses non tenues, ont maintenu le blocus et la
mobilisation

A quatre heures du matin, le 7 juin 2008, les forces de l'ordre ont violemment
dispersé le piquet devant le port et effectué des descentes dans les maisons,
opérant plusieurs dizaines d'arrestations, volant et saccageant les maisons, tandis
que des tirs étaient entendus dans les rues.

Immédiatement, une manifestation s'est regroupée pour réclamer la libération des
détenus et la ville est maintenant quadrillée par les forces de police qui
continuent à rechercher les « meneurs », dont certains de nos militants d'Attac, à
opérer des arrestations et à prendre en otage des membres de la famille des
personnes en fuite.

Arrêtons immédiatement la répression sauvage qui s'abat contre les habitants de
Sidi Ifni
Exigeons la levée de l'état de siège
Exigeons la libération de l'ensemble des personnes détenues
Interpellons les autorités par téléphone, par fax :
- Gouverneur de la province Souss-Massa-Draa
Tel : 00 212 28 84 08 76 / Fax : 00 212 28 84 04 14
- Préfet de Tiznit
Tel : 00 212 28 60 12 00
- Commissariat de Sidi Ifni
Tel : 00 212 28 87 50 18

[1] Sidi Ifni est une petite ville portuaire située à 200 km environ d'Agadir.
Longtemps sous domination espagnole, cette ville n'a été rétrocédée au Maroc qu'en
1969 (rappelons que le Protectorat sur le Maroc a pris officiellement fin en 1956).
Depuis, cette ville fait partie du Maroc marginalisé et les populations exaspérées
multiplient depuis plusieurs années les mobilisations afin d'avoir accès aux droits
constitutionnellement reconnus, aux services publics, à la mise sur pied d'une
véritable politique économique et sociale permettant la résorption du chômage et le
décollage économique de la région

Confederación General del Trabajo
Relaciones Internacionales con el Maghreb
Avda. de Andalucía 6 (sótano) 11008 Cádiz
Teléfono: 956200278 ? Fax: 956200277
e.mail: cgtmaghreb(a)cgt.org.es

Mark.
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Jun 17 2008 20:36

Reports on the repression in Sidi Ifni in Spanish -
http://www.rojoynegro.info/2004/spip.php?article22808
http://www.rojoynegro.info/2004/spip.php?article22800
http://www.rojoynegro.info/2004/spip.php?article22762

Report from Reuters in English -
http://africa.reuters.com/top/news/usnBAN830615.html

Photos - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjKNL78zphw

Mark.
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Jun 23 2008 21:16

Report (in Spanish) on police brutality, including sexual assault, against people arrested during the repression in Sidi Ifni -
http://www.rojoynegro.info/2004/spip.php?article22895

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Jun 28 2008 22:30

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NEFAC would like to express its maximum solidarity with the struggling people of Sidi Ifni (Morocco)
Date Mon, 23 Jun 2008 10:11:09 +0300

Brutal Repression in Sidi Ifni (Morocco) ---- On May 30th, 2008, a large march headed toward the port, deciding to set up an encampment to block the entrance and stopping the refrigerated fish trucks from leaving. Since that day, the protests continue. And frequent acts of repression: persecutions, beatings, inspection and destruction of the shelters..... there are also deaths.

For a while now, the Ait Baamran, an Amazigh tribe from the area, have been protesting their marginalization, the delayed operation of the new port and all the promises of development, widespread unemployment and favoritism in public sector hiring for the city government. In September of 2007, the boycott of the Parliamentary elections was practically unanimous, in response to the call made by the coalition of associations.

On May 30th, 2008, a large march headed toward the port, deciding to set up an encampment to block the entrance and stopping the refrigerated fish trucks from leaving. Since that day, the protests continue. And frequent acts of repression: persecutions, beatings, inspection and destruction of the shelters..... there are also deaths.

More information below.

For that reason, we ask you all to write an email and send a fax with the following text or something similar (a sample letter is attached) to the following addresses:

Proposed text in English:
The immediate withdrawal of the Public Order forces from the city.
The immediate and unconditional release of the detained.
An independent investigation of the facts and prosecution of the culprits of these abuses.
The acceptance of the legitimate grievances of the residents of Sidi Ifni.
No more marginalization of the Ait Baamran.

In French:
Le retrait en urgence des forces de l’ordre de la ville
La libération immédiate et inconditionnelle des détenus
L´ouverture d´une enquête indépendante et des poursuites contre les auteurs de ces exactions.
La satisfaction des revendications légitimes des habitants de sidi ifni
Non à la marginalité des ait baamran

Addresses:
Prime Minister :
courrier@pm.gov.ma
Fax 00212-37768656

Minister of Justice :
courrier@mj.gov.ma
Fax 00 212-37723710

Minister of the Interior:
courrier@mi.gov.ma
Fax 00212-37766861 / 37767404

More Information:

On Sunday, June 15th, the caravan in solidarity with the people of Sidi Ifni left from Guelmine and Tiznit en route to Sidi Ifni with people from all over Morocco, from the North, South, East and West, and with the support of the Amazigh (Berber) movement, from all human rights organizations and Left parties, more than 500 participants.

At the entrance to the city, its residents, who have maintained their struggle despite military occupation and isolation of the besieged city, (women's demonstration on June 8th, savagely repressed, general strike on June12th, deserted streets, walked only by military boots) came out to welcome the caravan, breaking the police fence that kept them isolated.

The march went around the entire city, more than 10,000 people joined. (Sidi Ifni has around 20,000 inhabitants). The march went by the neighborhoods that suffered the police attack, the sacking and violation of homes, the signs of these attacks could still be seen.

The breaking of the city police barrier has been a great victory of the solidarity caravan. Some comrades, refugees from the mountains due to police persecution, joined in the march, taking advantage of the caravan's entrance and gave their testimony of what occurred on June 7th. Chants were heard demanding to cease the police persecutions, their withdrawal from the city and to begin dialog with the authorities.

The arrival of the march near the Moulay Ali Abdellah School and the provocative presence of the police nearby motivated the combative response of the youth, who have been at the front of the struggle at all times. The violent response of the police forces firing tear gas, resulted in serious injuries to one young man. He was hit on the head by a tear gas bomb, and was taken to Agadir hospital where he remains in intensive care.

Finally the march coincided with the burial of Mohamed Chafai, who died of a heart attack when the police invaded his home, arresting his son. His burial inspired another mass march, denouncing his death as a murder, the repression and demanding punishment for those responsible.

In spite of all the abuses of power, of the repression against the media (Aljazeera director, Al Massae...), of the police fence around Sidi Ifni, of the establishment of military tent hospitals where there is no possibility of ascertaining any information about the state of the injured, of the restriction of information in the civil hospitals, the truth continues opening the way and each time it looks more cetain that the brutal repression of June 7th caused several deaths. In addition to the four bodies that appeared on the beach and are yet to be identified, King Hassan's old tactic of the “disappeared” is returning. The deaths are denied and the bodies don't appear so that there is no proof. There are disappeared comrades whose whereabouts nobody knows: they've fled, are in hospitals or maybe even dead.

The caravan and the march on Sunday has lead to, not only the breaking of the fence around the city, but also a great dose of motivation and of morale for the population that came back en masse to take the streets. Now more than ever they need solidarity and support.

The Northeastern Federation of Anarchist Communists (NEFAC) would like to express its maximum solidarity and support to the struggle and the resistance of the Ait Baanram people of Sidi Ifni against unemployment, the lack of social rights and the marginalization of the area.

NEFAC-US International Secretary: mailto:secretary@nefac.net

http://www.nefac.net

[edited to correct some of the dates - JH]

Mark.
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Jul 3 2008 18:49

Report (in Spanish) on a one day general strike and demonstration in Sidi Ifni on Monday, June 30th, calling for the release of all those still in custody -
http://www.rojoynegro.info/2004/spip.php?article23054