The sit-in of rectors and religious officials and members of the original education sector, scheduled for Tuesday in front of Parliament to demand the release of Imam Said Abu Ali, has been banned by public authorities on grounds of the State of health emergency. The protesters despite that chanted several slogans, at their head the release of the “prisoner of conscience”, Saïd Abou Ali.
The arrest of Saïd Abou Ali provoked a broad controversy arousing broad solidarity on the part of several associations and activists, in particular the Support Committee of Soulaimane Raissouni, Omar Radi and Maâti Monjib.
Became famous after one of his interventions during an Imam sit-in had gone viral, Saïd Abou Ali was arrested on August 25 just after a demonstration in front of the residence of the Minister of Habous and Islamic Affairs, Ahmed Taoufiq.
During this demonstration the slogan was the protest against the difficult conditions endured by the officials and the religious rectors. They demand the recognition of the rights of those engaged in the original education, in particular, the guarantee of a social cover to put an end to their vulnerability as well as the precariousness of their jobs.
Said Abou Ali was sentenced by the Temara court of first instance to two years in prison for “attempting to endanger the life of a public figure”. Knowing that the claims he raised have been the subject of protests by religious officials for several months without any reaction being noted from the guardianship.
During the sit-in on Tuesday, a strong presence of the forces of the Order was noted. Not only at Boulevard Mohammed V where the si-in was to be held, but also around the Parliament. MoroccoLatestNews journalists noted a police presence as far as the garden ” Nouzhat Hassan“, Where the religious officials were coordinating for the holding of the sit-in before being informed of the ban for reasons of non-compliance with sanitary measures ..
After discussions with public authorities over the sit-in ban, religious officials had to deal with inter-city travel authorization checks before the crowd dispersed.
In a statement to MoroccoLatestNews Ar, one of the protesting Imams said the main demand of the religious officials present is “ the release of Imam Abu Ali “, In addition to other claims which concern imams, rectors, preachers and muezzins as well as the rest of the religious officials, namely” integration into the civil service, modification of the administrative and social status of religious leaders, and retirement “.
A source from the Ministry of Habous and Islamic Affairs had previously told MoroccoLatestNews that the arrest and prosecution of Imam Said Bou Ali had no connection with a complaint on his part, but rather with instructions from the prosecution afterwards. “His (the imam) sit-in in front of the house of the minister of Habous, and the taking of photos without permission which included members of the minister’s family”.