Tetouan : A sit-in against the closing of the border with Ceuta prohibited

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Local authorities in Tetouan have banned a sit-in, scheduled for December 1 in the morning at Moulay El Mehdi Square, to protest «the poor economic conditions in the city».

The pasha justified his decision by the fact that no party has submitted to local authorities an application to get an authorization to hold the event. Because of that, according to him, the event would «constitute an obstacle to the circulation and a disturbance of the public order».

In recent days, many appeal to social networks to denounce the Moroccan restrictions on access to Ceuta, depriving many families in Tetouan of their main livelihood. Indeed, the border crossing ensures employment to Moroccans who engage in smuggling.

On Tuesday, scores of protesters, most of them women, protested the closure of the border with Ceuta. On the same day, the issue was raised by the parliamentary group of the Union of Labor in Morocco (UMT) syndicate in the House of Councilors.

The Minister of State for Human Rights and Relations with Parliament announced that the government plans to «take measures to stop the abuse of women» on the border with Ceuta.

Mustapha Ramid did not specify the nature of these «measures» and the date of their possible effective entry into force.

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