Since August 2011, Movement on the Road ’96 has taken on the responsibility of representing the Imider population in its struggle for the affirmation and recognition of their legitimate human and civil rights.
Most of the extraction of silver in Morocco comes from the Imider’s mine, one of the largest and wealthiest in the world.
The silver mine should be a vital resource for us who live here, but in reality it is a condemnation to indigence and social exclusion. The silver mine is not for us a possibility of local development. On the contrary, it has reduced us in poverty because of the pollution and the land desertification caused by the uncontrolled exploitation of this wealth from the royal holding ONA-SNI. The Moroccan monarchy is the majority shareholder of Imider’s mine.
We pacifically protest against the policies of marginalization and social exclusion, against the systematic pillage of the natural resources in our land and against the discrimination of socio-economic rights of the of the Imider Municipality inhabitants, that continues unabated from long time.
In August 2011 we occupied the top of Albban Mount where it was the main pumping station that supplied water to the silver mine, blocking the functioning.
Since then, the Movement on the Road ’96 is in permanent sit-in on the top of Albban Mount, resisting from more than three years under rough environmental conditions.
Since the early days of the protest, the Imider population opened a general discussion about how to solve all the current problems. On August 3, 2011, the inhabitants have chosen a Dialogue Committee in a General Assembly – Agraw, consisting of ten members from different villages making up the Municipality, in order to be adequately represented in all the questions which concerned the MOR96 actions and to discuss and to talk about the rights issues raised up by the population to all the parties concerned in the protest.
The Movement on the Road ’96 has then within it a Dialogue Committee in charge of managing external relations in terms of negotiations with the institutions and official communications – also on the web – of intents, priorities and decisions. MOR96 has the responsibility to organize regular peaceful marches of protest and popular assemblies (Agraw) that involve all the Imider population in the discussion of critical issues and in taking shared decisions. The Movement also has taken on the task of organizing popular petitions for the recognition of Imider human and civil rights and other forms of peaceful protest progressively shared and decided by Agraw.
The Agraw is the Imider’s General Assembly: one of the main collective actions that the Movement organizes and that has been the first form which gathered the population to talk and raise their voice against the living situation. To this form of protest have participated people of all the ages to take part and discuss in a democratic manner: everyone has the right to express opinions, criticism, ideas for shared decision making. In short, the Agraw is a tool to inform, discuss and decide about many questions on a democratic level, the highest expression of direct democracy since always applied by the Amazigh people.