UNDERSTANDING THE NEWS
Rule Of Law In
(NAPSI)—Increasingly, developing nations in the
However, some groups have a different agenda—and resort to violence
to achieve it. In one case, in 2010, some residents of the city of
Local authorities ensured that the camp was safe, that there was free movement within it, and that it was stocked with water, medicine and emergency personnel. Officials also initiated a daily dialogue with representatives from the protest group to address their demands.
However, after several weeks of constructive discussions, violent militants attempted to hijack the protest to prevent a peaceful resolution. Ultimately, the government intervened, peacefully dismantling the camp and transporting protesters out of harm’s way.
Carrying only nonlethal gear, Moroccan security forces entered the camp and were quickly faced with armed men, some in combat fatigues, wielding machetes, Molotov cocktails and other weapons. Clashes ensued, and militants threw explosives and stones at Moroccan police, set fire to buildings and cars, and attacked police officers. In the end, 11 policemen were killed and more than 70 were wounded. One civilian died, and four others were also injured in the violence.
The Moroccan Parliament concluded that the police had used only peaceful means to dismantle the Gdim Izik camp and halt the violence.
The U.N. also determined, from video at the scene and eyewitness accounts, that there was no evidence that security forces used lethal means.
In an attempt to secure justice for those killed—and their survivors—the
event has now entered the legal phase. A trial has begun in the city of
As a testimony to the transparency of the judicial process in
This information is provided by
Beckerman on behalf of the government of
Currently, the Gdim Izik trial is under way in
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