Moroccan police seen throwing stones, again

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Published 12 December 2013

The demonstrators called for right to self-determination. On 10 December, they were met by Moroccan forces. Several injured, including a group of foreign activists from the Canary Islands, who were later set free. 

The local hospital received more than 90 injured following the demonstrations on 10 December, according to Associated Press. A journalist from AP, Paul Shamme, was present at some of the demonstrations, but he was removed by Moroccan security personnel. 

Se videos below: 



Here is from a large demonstration in the Tantan street in El Aaiún, 11 December. 


Some activists from the Canary Islands also took part in the demonstrations. They are wearing orange tshirts. From 04:21, the Spaniards are detained: 


Here is another video of the same demonstration. 
 



Here, demonstrators are attacked by Moroccan security personnel, and beaten:


This is apparently a video of the US journalist Paul Shamme, stopped by Moroccans, prevented from reporting. 


Demo from 8 December:


 

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