VOMENA June 23, 2017

Miriyam Aouragh on The Ongoing Protests in Morocco

miriyam aouragh vproWe go to London to speak with Moroccan anthropologist and activist Miriyam Aouragh about the recent revival of anti- government protests in the northern Rif region on Morocco’s Mediterranean coast
Last October, protests erupted in Morocco’s Rif region after A fish vendor named Mouhcine Fikri was crushed to death by a garbage truck compactor as he tried to retrieve fish the police had taken from him and claimed was caught illegally. The protests have continued through 2017 and have taken up many of the same demands made during the February 20th movement, the large-scale protest movement during the Arab Spring. Anthropologist Miriyam Aouragh has described the recent protests as the “unfinished business” of Moroccan “Arab Spring” activists, and some on social media have been calling the latest wave of widespread demonstrations the “new February 20,” referring to the movement of 2011.
Khalil Bendib spoke with Professor Aouragh about the legacy of resistance in Morocco, and specifically in the Rif region, the epicenter of the current protests.

Sinan Antoon’s Novel “The Corpse Washer” 

51t6SPOpZvL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_This week, we speak with award-winning Iraqi poet and author Sinan Antoon about his novel “The Corpse Washer”. The book paints a vivid and heartbreaking portrait of Iraq, confronting the war-torn nation’s horrifying recent history.

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