FREE EZZEDINE PETITION
Ezzedine is a Moroccan student, member of the
students' union in his city, Taza, in northern Morocco. He was arrested on
December 1st, 2011, at his university during a students' protest and accused of
belonging to an "unlawful organization".
He has been on hunger strike since December 19, 2011.
His health is deteriorating by the hour.
Ezzedine was joined in his hunger strike by 4 other
students detained in the city of Fez:
Ibrahim Saidi, Mohamed Ghaloud, Mohamed Fettal, Mohamed Ezaghdidi. They are
protesting their arbitrary arrest and the conditions of their detention.
In a letter Ezzedine sent from his prison cell he
claims to have been tortured. One of the detained students, Mohamed Ghaloud,
says he was sexually assaulted by his interrogators.
Please ask for the release of Ezzedine and all his
colleagues. Their lives are in danger. Sign the petition.
Thank you for your support.
liberation of all the Moroccan political prisoners: international solidarity
with all the hunger strikers.
is subject to a huge wave of repression. Though the government prides itself in
having promulgated a new Constitution advertised as a democratic advance,
citizens' demonstrations have been systematically repressed for months. The
list is long: from the military expulsion of unemployed graduate students
everytime they demonstrated, to the extremely brutal eviction of hundreds of
inhabitants of shantytowns, the military occupation of whole towns like Taza or
around al Hoceima and the criminalisation of the workers 'unions actions. It
has become almost impossible to demonstrate in Morocco now or to demand basic social or democratic
rights. It's a return to the "lead years" policies in the name of the
restoration of the "State Authority" which was fragilised by the
outburst of the 20th February movement for social justice, suppression of
despotism and which initiated the social and democratic awakening of a large
number of sections of the Moroccan society.
represses and condemns: tens of citizens, militants or not, are sentenced to
prison; Young unemployed people in Safi
have been sentenced to 32 years of detention. Members of the National Student
Union have been severely tortured. They refute the reasons and the conditions
of their detention and have decided to go on an unlimited hunger strike to
demand their rights and their liberation.
Erroussi is a student from Taza. Last
December he was arrested during a demonstration in his university held to ask
for better conditions of the students' life and was condemned for belonging to
an "unauthorized organization". His fellows demonstrators Ibrahim
Saidi, Mohamed Galoud, Mohmed Fettal and Mohamed Ezaghdidi were sentenced for
the same reason. Ezedine Erroussi has been detained for more than 90 days. He
has become extremely weak and is maintained in complete isolation. The students
arrested in Fès have been detained for more than 60 days.
condition of the students detained in the Safi
prisons is deteriorating fast. The government and its torturers has chosen to
let them die, counting on the silence of its allied European and American States who are more interested in protecting
their mutual interests than the rights and liberties of the Moroccan people.
We refuse this
complicity. We refuse to remain silent in front of the programmed death of
those who fight for a Moroccan Spring. We demand that government repression be
stopped and we demand the liberation of all prisoners. We proclaim our total
solidarity with the hunger strikers until their demands are satisfied.
Posted: 3 April 2012 (Updated: 14 April 2015)