(MENAFN - Morocco World News) Rabat – King Mohammed VI is expected to spend some days in Al Hoceima, the epicenter of months-long protests in Rif, Moroccan news outlet reported.
The news website cited an official source which stated that the King will "probably" head to Al Hoceima to spend his usual summer holidays in a beach camp in the city.
The same sources added that military elements, "probably" the usual escort of the King, were seen heading to Al Hoceima on Saturday. While the visit seems to be mainly private, the website noted that the King is known for his surprising visits to places where he is not expected to be seen.
If the visit is indeed carried out, it will be the first time King Mohammed VI comes to Al Hoceima since protests started in the city on October 28 following the death of local fishmonger .
Throughout the crisis, many people, including members of the Hirak (protest movement in Al Hoceima) were calling for the King's intervention.
On the Throne Day in late July, the monarch granted pardon for dozens of detained . A far larger number of detainees, around 200 according to lawyers, remain in prison where they are prosecuted for heavy charges including "undermining security of the state" and "undermining people's loyalty to state institutions".
In his on July 29, the King addresses the crisis of Al Hoceima for the first time.
While he showed appreciation for security forces, he blamed public officials and political parties for dereliction of duty in ensuring the realization of development projects in the religion and failing to represent in the population, as a result of which, "law enforcement services have found themselves face to face with the citizens".
"but what happened there could actually occur in any other region", said the King.