Hundreds of trade unionists and activists from the UK have signed a petition demanding the release of the Rif movement prisoners in Morocco. Sally Hunt, general secretary of the UCU union has also backed the solidarity campaign, and sent a message of support to Morocco’s largest trade union federation, the UMT which has seen four of its activists in the Rif’s regional capital Al Hoceima arrested in the recent crackdown.
Leaders of the mass movement for social justice including singer Silya Ziani and unemployed activist Naser Zefzafi are among 200 detainees seized in police raids since the end of May.
Initial signatories include:
Bobby Noyes, President Southampton TUC; Dave Davies, Divisional Secretary Hackney NUT; Alex Hopkins, Vice President Chesterfield NUT; Mark Abel, UCU Branch Chair; Alan Gibson, National Executive, NUJ, Lesley McGorrigan, UCU NEC; Lorna Solomon, Branch Chair UNISON Homerton Hospital (personal capacity); Sally Kincaid, Divisional Secretary Wakefield NUT; Tim Nicholls, Branch Secretary PCS Dorset; Sue Arguile, Divisional Secretary, NUT; Jon Woods, Branch Chair, Portsmouth UNISON (pc); Maggie Palmer, SLAM NHS Branch Chair, UNITE; Penny Gower, EIS-FELA National Executive; Tony Phillips, UNISON Branch Secretary (pc); Phoebe Watkins Camden UNISON branch chair (pc); Brian Mulvey, Vice President, Leeds TUC; R T Pigott, Secretary, Colchester TUC; Carlo Morelli, UCU NEC
Read about the hand-in of the petition here