Over the last week, Global Voices reports that there has been a surge in arrests of pro-democracy activists in Morocco, including of blogger and anti-corruption campaigner Mohamed Douas, rapper Moad Belghouat— whose alias is Haked (Arabic for The Vindictive or The Outraged)—and poet and political satirist Younes Belmalha.
These arrests, however, did not silence the opposition in Morocco but have led to renewed protests. In the powerful picture (above), at a march in solidarity with Haked, supporters are wearing t-shirts that read “Free Haked or arrest us all.”
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