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rapper Gnawi, author of a critical title, tried for insulting the police

The last piece of the Moroccan rapper has been viewed more than 13 million times in less than 3 weeks.

Moroccan rapper Gnawi, Mohamed Mounir, co-author of a controversial title on the desperation of his country's youth, appeared on Thursday (14 November) in Salé court, near Rabat, to “outrage to public official”. He faces two years in prison. According to his lawyer, the 31-year-old singer is being prosecuted not for insulting the police, but because of the headline Long live the people (“Aach al chaab”, in Moroccan dialect) which now has more than 13 million views on Youtube.

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This title, which includes slogans chanted in the stadiums, denounces “Injustice” and “the hoarding of wealth”. Above all, the lyrics directly attack the king, which constitutes, according to the Moroccan media, a very clear crossing of what is called in Morocco the “red lines”.

Image of the police

The Moroccan authorities, meanwhile, ensure that the arrest of the rapper, on November 1, “has nothing to do with the song”but is linked to the broadcast of a video in which he insults the police, as explained to AFP a spokesperson of the Directorate General of National Security (DGSN). DGNS brought a civil action because it “suffered harm as an institution”, according to his lawyer Abdelfettah Yatribi.

Gnawi has been in pre-trial detention since his arrest, which took place the day after his last title went live, co-written with two rapper friends to protest the social situation and corruption in Morocco.

Indignation on social networks

The case has sparked waves of indignant comments on social networks.

The legal proceedings against him constitute a flagrant violation of freedom of expressionAmnesty Internationalcommunicated

After one fast audience Proceeding on procedural issues, the Salé court returned the case to 25 November. The judges will have to decide by then on the request for release filed by the rapper's lawyer, Mr. Mohamed Sadkou.

Young people make up one third of the population of Morocco, which has 35 million inhabitants, and particularly suffer from social exclusion: one-quarter of 15-24 year olds are out of school, without training or unemployed, according to the figures. officials.

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