The jailing of a Moroccan rapper Mouad Belrhouate, aka LHAKED L7A9AD, popularly known as The Indignant, has outraged cultural activists across Africa. LHAKED is celebrated as the February 20 Movement’s “Voice of freedom” and his imprisonment has sparked a creative social-media campaign calling for his release.
The February 20 Movement for Change was a peaceful anti-government protest by the Moroccan youth movement planned on the social networking site, Facebook. It took place on 20 February 2011 with demands for mainly constitutional reform. Those opposing the regime are now known, after the Facebook group, as the February 20 Movement for Change. @Mamfakinch tweeted: “Help free Moroccan democracy activist & rapper Mouad Haked. Take pic of yourself w/ sign reading #FreeHaked.” The blogger-community Global Voices has reported a sudden surge in arrests among pro-democracy activists and online campaigners in Morocco, where charges are allegedly fabricated.
‘The Indignant’ Versus the Government.