ATTAC/CADTM MOROCCO Member of CADTM International Network

Morocco: Immediate freedom for Omar Radi (Activist & Journalist)

Press release

30 December 2019 by ATTAC/CADTM Morocco

Immediate freedom for Omar Radi (Activist & Journalist)
No to the repression of free voices and forms of expression that reject injustice and demand democracy.
Solidarity with all political prisoners and popular struggles.

The Moroccan state increasingly restricts freedoms and harasses activists of popular protests. It tries to silence all voices that reject social and economic policies that generalize misery and social injustice.

Omar Radi, activist and independent journalist, has been in pre-trial detention since Thursday 26 December 2019. The prosecutor decided to charge him for “contempt of court” following a tweet in ast April 2019 denouncing the confirmation by an appeal judge of up to 20 years sentences in prison for 42 members of the Rif Hirak. These heavy sentences had aroused deep popular indignation.

His lawyers’ request for release was rejected and the next hearing has been set for 2nd January 2020.

Radi’s arrest comes in a context of large repression attack against journalists, bloggers on social networks and citizens who express in different ways their rejection of the conditions of misery and oppression imposed on large sections of the population.

Omar Radi is also a member of the association ATTAC Morocco, member of the CADTM network for the abolition of illegitimate debts. He is prosecuted by the “justice of despotism” because he has stood by the oppressed and denounced the servants of the regime. He is paying the price for his devotion. His arrest bears witness to the flouting of democratic freedoms and the criminalization of activists who aspire to a Morocco of freedom, dignity and social justice, slogans of the February 20th Movement, in which Omar has been very actively involved since 2011. He has participated in various solidarity initiatives with the Rif Hirak. He is also co-director of ATTAC Morocco’s film on this Hirak entitled “Death Over Humiliation”.

At ATTAC Morocco, member of the CADTM network, we:

  • Strongly condemn the arrest of Omar Radi
  • Will participate in the different forms of solidarity for his liberation
  • Denounce all attacks on popular forms of expression targeting dissidents of the regime.
  • Call on all democratic organizations to join efforts and struggle to confront the widespread offensive against freedom of expression.

Omar chose to face arrest rather than accept humiliation.
All our solidarity and support to Omar.
Down with unjust sentences against the detainees of the Rif Hirak.

The National Secretariat
Rabat on 27/12/2019


member of the CADTM network, the Association pour la Taxation des Transactions en Aide aux Citoyens au Maroc (ATTAC Morocco) was founded in 2000. ATTAC Maroc has been a member of the international network of the Committee for the Cancellation of Third World Debt (CADTM) since 2006 (which became the Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debts in June 2016). We have 11 local groups in Morocco. ATTAC aims to be a network that helps those involved in social, associative, trade union and more broadly militant activity to take ownership of the challenges of globalisation on issues of social and citizen resistance.

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