Thousands of people have taken the streets across Morocco's northern Rif region for an eighth night demanding the release of a prominent protest movement leader.
Nasser Zefzafi, the head of the grass-roots Al-Hirak al-Shaabi, or Popular Movement, was taken into custody on Monday and transferred to Casablanca. Protests also gripped the town of Imzouren, where scores of protesters clashed with policemen after Friday prayers.
"The whole Rif believes in freedom and humanity and in social justice," said Cilia Ziani, one of the two women who inherited the leadership of the Hirak movement after Zefzafi was jailed. "If you imprison our leaders, we will resist until our demands are granted," she added.
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