Nasser Zefzafi Arrested for ‘Undermining State Security’, Says Public Prosecutor

Rabat – Al Hoceima protest leading activist Nasser Zefzafi was arrested on charges of “undermining interior state security,” the public prosecutor of Al Hoceima’s Court of Appeal has announced.In a communiqué released Monday, the prosecutor confirmed the arrest of Zefzafi along with several others on Monday morning, adding that the activist was arrested on suspicion of “obstructing freedom of worship.”Zefzafi interrupted Friday’s prayer sermon in Mohammed V mosque in Al Hoceima in protest of the sermon’s content, which he said was critical of the protests movement. The communiqué stated that Zefzafi and the others arrested with him were transferred to the Judicial Police in Casablanca to be interrogated over the previously mentioned charges.The 39-year-old unemployed activist has been the protests’ most prominent figure since the beginning of demonstrations in October over the death of the local fish seller, Mohsine Fikri, who was crushed by a garbage truck during an attempt to retrieve his confiscated merchandise.The activist has been given speeches at protests rallies and posting videos criticizing the government’s reluctance to meet the social and economic demands of the population of Al Hoceima.

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