Monday, 11 March 2019
Bad news from Morocco

At 6 o' clock in the morning of 11th of March, Morrocan authorities carried out house raids in the city of Oujda in neigbourhoods where migrants are living.

According to the authorities, 81 migrants, called "candidates for clandestine migration" are in custody at the police station of Oujda. The people concerned are from different countries of subsaharean Africa, among them, according to the authorities, 26 women and 7 minors. Among others, there is one anglophone family - a woman and a man with their two kids. There are also people who have been arrested although they have residency cards in Morocco.

According to the authorities, this raid took place in the context of persecution of "networks of migration and human trafficking" - a typical wording of mixing up migration and criminal activities to justify repression against most vulnerable persons.

Solidary activists have been trying hard to get them released since 11th of March.