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Moroccans have been fighting for change in their country since early 2011. While most of the world's media is focused on Syria, hunger strikers in Morocco are keeping the pressure up on their own despotic regime. Human rights groups in the country say 27 prisoners, mainly students, who were arrested during the uprisings, are in deteriorating condition. They are protesting against "long detentions without trial...repeated provocations accompanied by threats, beatings and inhumane treatment including solitary confinement."
The human rights groups add that "their [prisoners] health has been deteriorating while officials ignore their cases." In this week's INFocus, we travel to Morocco to ask whether the reforms proposed by King Mohammad VI are real. Why are these young people risking their lives by going on hunger strike? And why isn't the government concerned about their plight?