It is about 39 persons were sentenced for having led and participated in a protest movement that rocked the berber region of the rif mountains in 2016 and 2017. Dissatisfaction was directed against the economic and social problems, and was reinforced by a death – a local fishmonger was crushed to death in a garbage truck when he tried to take back the fish, which authorities confiscated. The protests were put down by the authorities, with violent clashes in several cities.
the 20-year prison sentences for four of the sentenced in a higher court.
the Crowd in Rabat, chanting "the People want the prisoners are released!" and marched with banners from the protest movement in the rif mountains.