Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in northern Morocco. Tensions flaring late Friday in provincial towns. Some protesters faced off against riot police. Water cannon and stones exchanged in the clashes. The demonstrators demanding the release of a detained activist. Nasser Zefzafi was arrested earlier in the week, charged with threatening national security.
Gathered crowds chanted, we are all Zefzafi. Tensions have been running high in the region, the activist reportedly led several months of local anti-corruption protests. Political unrest is rare in the North African kingdom. But a wave of protests began last October when a fish monger was crushed in a garbage truck after trying to salvage fish confiscated by police.
The resulting demonstrations mark the most serious unrest in Morocco since the 2011 Arab Spring.