Moroccan authorities prevent protests against deal with Israel — report

Moroccan authorities have stopped a demonstration against the normalization agreement with Israel from taking place in the capital Rabat, Reuters reports.

The news agency says large contingents of police spread out near the parliament with anti-riot gear and water cannons and stopped protesters from congregating there.

Security forces block an avenue in front of the parliament building to stop a demonstration against normalizing relations with Israel, in the Moroccan capital Rabat on December 14, 2020 (FADEL SENNA / AFP)

Yesterday the country’s main Islamist groups rejected the pan to establish formal ties with the Jewish state, with one organization denouncing it as “Zionist infiltration.”

The religious branch of the co-ruling conservative Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD), called the Unity and Reform Movement (MUR), said in a statement that the move toward an agreement with Israel was “deplorable.”