People shout slogans during a protest after two miners died while working in a clandestine coal mine, in Jerada, Morocco December 26, 2017. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal
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Two freelance miners have died in a rockfall in an abandoned Moroccan lead mine in a region hit by protests after the similar deaths of two other miners in December, state news agency MAP said.Last December, the deaths of two miners in an abandoned mine sparked protests in the impoverished town of Jerada demanding aid and jobs.Demonstrators clashed with security forces in March after the arrest of several protest leaders.Human Rights Watch however accused Morocco's police Monday of carrying out a weekslong campaign of "repression" against the protestors, including mass arrests and alleged abuse in custody.The NGO said 69 protesters, including three minors, were in prison or pre-trial detention, as of May 31 .
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