Amazigh associations in Morocco announced their intention to organize a sit-in in front of the Algerian Consulate of Casablanca to protest against violence targeting Mozabite people in the city of Ghardaïa.
Since November 2013, violence has enflamed Ghardaïa, a town located 600 kilometers south of Algiers and home to an important community of Amazigh-speaking Mozabite people. More than 10 people died amid this wave of violence which would confront Arab and Amazigh communities. A new wave of violence has poisonned the city in recent days and is threatening to spread to the region.
Amazigh activists claim that these violences are conducted with the complicity of the Algerian government, which has been unable to bring peace back to the region thus far. Moroccan-based Amazigh Observatory for Rights and Freedoms (OADL) issued on July 14 a communiqué to condemn violence and persecution of Mozabite people in Ghardaïa and the attitude of Algerian authorities in this conflict.