Mari Shibata

“I feel strong”: Moroccan rapper El-Haqed defiant after concert is shut down by police


After rapper El-Haqed’s release from prison that led to winning a series of human rights awards for his work, I report on what happened inside the concert venue where he was due to make his first ever planned performance, when police cut power supplies to silence him.

As concert goers and journalists were also blocked from entering nearby areas that surrounded the building, the decision was made to write in the style of an eyewitness report in first person, featuring photos from inside the venue as well as video of security officials arriving on site shot from a hidden location.

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