Euphoria of Morocco's Arab Spring has fizzled out

Ten years after Morocco’s short-lived protest movement, campaigners say rights in the kingdom have been rolled back and the authorities are using smear tactics and fear to silence dissent. Activist Fouad Abdelmoumni, 62, says the “methods of intimidation” and “regression of freedoms” in the north African country are now worse than in his student days when he was jailed for five years. Moroccan authorities prefer to see things in a different light. “Morocco isn’t a paradise for human rights but, at the same time, it’s not a hell riddled with violations as some people are trying to falsely make …

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