Read this paragraph from an article published on Al Jazeera today, September 28:
The bread riots in the Rif in the 1980s, sparked by rising food prices, were quickly suppressed by the government with King Hassan describing the Rifians in a nationally televised speech as “savages and thieves”.
Now read this paragraph from an article I wrote for Al Akhbar back in March.
Anti-government dissent was consistent in the Rif, and any hints of dissent, such as the protests and bread riots of the 1980s, were immediately suppressed by Hassan II’s regime. In an infamous speech, the King referred to the Rifian people as savages and thieves.
Kind of awkward.