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Fatim-Zohra El Malki


Morocco's Hirak Movement: The People Versus the Makhzen

[Men carrying fish in Essaouira, Morocco. Photo credit to Juan Antonio Segal.]

Morocco’s Hirak protests are the latest bout in the tug-of-war between the Makhzen (Moroccan regime) and the victims of hogra. The late Mouhcine Fikri, the political prisoner Nasser Zefzafi, and Nawal Ben Aissa have emerged as the emblematic figures of this movement. Al Hirak al Chaabi, or the Popular Movement, is an independent, popular movement that was started in the northern Moroccan city of Al Hoceima in October 2016 by local inhabitants who were fed up with the ...

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Fatim-Zohra El Malki


Fatim-Zohra El Malki is an independent researcher based in Washington, DC. She received an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and an MA in Security Studies from Queen's University of Belfast. Follow her on Twitter @fzelmalki.Prior to attending Georgetown, Fatim-Zohra graduated from Université Toulouse I Capitole, where she obtained a Licence Degree in International Law and Economics. Fatim-Zohra has worked and interned for several law firms and banks both in Morocco and abroad, as well as for the Department of Global Security at the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rabat, UNRWA Beirut, and with Amnesty International USA.