The governor of Morocco’s northern province of al-Hoceima was sacked after angry protesters clashed with police leaving dozens of officers reportedly injured.
Moroccan authorities sacked a provincial governor after angry protesters clashed with police leaving dozens of officers reportedly injured, an interior ministry source said.
The disturbances were the latest to rock the northern province of al-Hoceima since the death of a local fishmonger in a garbage truck last October sparked nationwide protests.
The province lies in the Rif – a long neglected ethnically Berber region that was at the heart of a 2011 movement for reform that saw King Mohammed VI cede some of his powers.
Governor Mohammed Zhar was fired during a visit to Hoceima on Tuesday by Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad, the ministry source told AFP.
His dismissal was intended to “clear the air” and “meet residents’ expectations for the region’s development”, the source added.
During Sunday’s disturbances, stone-throwing protesters attacked a police barracks outside al-Hoceima then set fire to adjacent buildings.
Provincial authorities said they made 14 arrests but said nothing about the identity or motives of the protesters.
Moroccan newspapers reported that several dozen police were injured, six of them seriously, after officers were trapped by the blaze and several jumped from the roof to escape the flames.
There was no official confirmation of the casualty toll.