Booksellers in Marrakech for the sixth time with a mandatory relocation

Twenty-six booksellers on the outskirts of the old town of Marrakech for the sixth time in 40 years with a mandatory relocation.

The authorities plan to the current location of the booksellers in the Bab Doukkala-souk to replace with a public garden. The mandatory move arouses great anger among local residents. Amor Belkharchi called the plan "hogra", a word that describes abuse of power and is often used in anti-Government demonstrations.

Once located on the popular Jemaa El Fna square, the booksellers were moved ten years ago, so that food vendors could take their place. Bassam Aqdad, a bookseller who has taken over the shop from his father, said that the authorities wanted only tourist attractions in the area, such as snake charmers and belly dancing.

Aqdad continued that, since the square is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, "we just as much a part of the square are like everything else what is still on the square."

Officials of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and local officials of Marrakech refused to comment, reports Moroccoworldnews.