Hunger-striking Moroccan student fighting for life: father

AFP , Wednesday 22 Feb 2012

Moroccan political activist and hunger striker Ezedine Eroussi's life is in danger after refusing to sign a royal amnesty and end his strike

A jailed Moroccan student who belongs to a banned left-wing movement and has been on hunger strike for more than two months is fighting for his life, his father said Wednesday.

Ezedine Eroussi, a student at the University of Taza in the northeast of Morocco, has been on hunger strike since December 19.

"I saw my son on Monday and I can tell you his life is at risk because of the hunger strike," the student's father Driss Eroussi told AFP.

The young man was arrested together with four fellow students as they were protesting against their living conditions on campus. They were all sentenced to four months in prison.

"The prosecutor paid him a visit in prison a week ago. He asked him to stop his hunger strike and sign a document for a royal amnesty but my son refused," the father said.

"If nothing is done in the coming days, Ezedine Eroussi could die," said Khadija Ryadi, who chairs the Moroccan association for human rights.

Violence broke out earlier this month in Taza over unemployment and the rising cost of living

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