Years of resistance without answers

Years of resistance without answers

Today Imider population organized a several activities for the children as stimulatory competitions (See the pictures), On the occasion of the new Amazigh year 2967, it knew the attend of all ages in this form of struggle and entertainment to celebrate together and protest in one of longest sit-in in the world which is still continues and it was ended by presenting motivational prizes for the winners in these activities, as well as the lifting of denounce slogans against the continuity of procrastination and ignore.

As we know Imider since august 2011 protest against a silver mining company (SMI) that settled near the villages of the common and that has been ignored by the Moroccan authorities.

The silver mine uses several dangerous toxic materials, such as mercury, zinc, cyanide among others, which has a big negative effects on our agricultural produce and human health, the condition of living of the Imider population is a concrete example of how tragic changes in the adjacent environment can have a negative effect on an ecosystem. Moreover, the fact that most of the local population rely on agriculture for their living, simply the population demand that the company should reconsider its policies and take in consideration the rights of locals in order to put an end to this situation and protect our lands from an eminent destruction and open doors for inhabitants to benefits from their wealth in their lands without policies of circumventing and Prevarications ….

The Imider case is a very example of human rights violation and its unacceptable anymore for deaf ear from the Moroccan authorities and Silver mine company (Managem).

Albban: 15/01/2017

Today in Imider

Today in Imider

Today in Imider the fighters of the longest sit-in in the world have been passed a protest day in one of the village of the commune of Imider that is far from the sit-in about 6 Km -Anounizem-, the sitters express their big stand and still against the violation of their human rights…, other militants from other villages have been cut about 12 Km back and forth, this distance it’s been cut by the militants of -Anounizem- for more than 5 years by feet …

#StandingwithImider
#OccupyImider
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Imider: Ni oubli ni pardon!

Imider: Ni oubli ni pardon!

#300kmsouth #occupyimider
La lutte des riverains de la plus grande mine d’Argent en nord d’Afrique ne fait que se poursuit pour le 66ème mois à l’ombre du silence coupable des autorités et face au négligence de cette longue résistance contre les faits violents de Managem le holding royal sous la Bénédiction des services de l’État au long de 46 ans d’exploitation minière.
Première action contestataire alors en 2017, elle a été menée aujourd’hui 1 Janvier au long de la route N 10 à Imider, Sud-est Marocain, suivie par une assemblée “Agraw” just au pied du mont Albban (place du sit-in ouvert), d’où la confirmation de notre rattachement a la justice de notre cause et la nécessité de la continuité de la résistance jusqu’à l’arrachement des droits socio-économiques et environnementaux défendu depuis la naissance du MSV96 en 2011.

Imider résiste…. Imider vaincra!

Imider: Ni oubli ni pardon ! #300kmsouth #occupyimider La lutte des riverains de la plus grande mine d'Argent en nord…

Posted by ‎Amussu :Xf ubrid n 96 – Imider – حركة على درب 96 إميضر‎ on Sunday, January 1, 2017

THE INHABITANTS OF A VILLAGE IN MOROCCO CHALLENGE THE MINE OF IMIDER

THE INHABITANTS OF A VILLAGE IN MOROCCO CHALLENGE THE MINE OF IMIDER

By Soraya El Kahlaoui (collaborator of The Monde Afrique, Casablanca), February 2, 2015

“I have known the most of the people who have contributed to spreading our cause through Facebook.” The man has just come down from Alebban Mount, where he lives at 1500 meters above sea level. For over three years, Brahim Udawd, 32 years old, lives in a permanent camp. With other villagers persists in depriving access to water to SMI mining company, with which they came in conflict on July 2011. Brahim Udawd, like the others, has left his Imider’s village and since then all his life is dedicated to activism. “A bit of fun and a lot of work”, he melts a smile describing his daily life.
The beginning of Imider people’s struggle against SMI broke out in July 2011. They were mainly the women of the village who have expressed their anger. They had no more water from the tap because of the excessive exploitation by the mine. In addition, the university students had not found a summer job, as usual, in the mine. Over time, the struggle has taken on a global dimension. “Today we are fighting for the life – insists Brahim – If our land is polluted, if our air is polluted, if we have no more water, if the mine robs us of all our resources, what will be left for the future generations?”.

Boycotting strategies and civil disobedience
For Brahim Udawd, the Movement on the Road ’96 upset his daily life. Today, his existence revolves around the struggle against the mining company. Boicotting strategies, civil disobedience, organization of village assemblies, these are the only words that he has by now in his mouth. For him it’s impossible to return to a normal life until the situation in Imider will not be resolved.
Not without pride, tells how the militants of Nantes’ “defensive zone” came to meet them to discuss struggles strategies. Amused, he accurately describes each of the techniques implemented by Zad to destabilize the police. “We must constantly renew the way we fight” he repeats incessantly. Moreover, in three and a half years, the movement has come a long way.
Today, the camp on top of Alebban Mount is solidly built. Each villager holds the sit-in in front of his small house, composed of a square room where you can often see drawings and quotes by Bertold Brecht. Also the women have their homes and they participate to keep the new village of the disobedients. In the future, even the hope to be able to install panels for solar energy.

Contribute to local development
Brahim Udawd insists on the a-political nature and the independence of the Movement. “Our only concern is to solve the Imider social problems” he says, and that’s why they made a “diagnosis” of the seven villages of the Imider Municipality. “We identify the problems and we propose the alternatives, he says. For example, we suggested to group together the educational facilities and to establish a system of transport between the villages to remedy the lack of infrastructure. The old schools can also be turned into asylums”.
For him, the mining company has the duty to contribute to the development of the local rural community, as compensation for its management. “One day the mine will go away, of the rest have already invested in many other countries in Africa, and nothing will remain to us. The SMI has to support the local development and ensure activities that may constitute an income” he says firmly. One thing is clear to these angry people: Imider has no reason to be the poorest Municipality in the region, while it is the richest in resources.