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Topic - Mouad Belghouat
A Moroccan rap artist imprisoned for writing a song alleging police corruption has gone on hunger strike to protest prison conditions, his brother said Monday.
Morocco's glittering Mawazine international music festival wraps up this weekend with performances by Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz, after nine days of showcasing the North African kingdom's cool factor _ even as dissident Moroccan musicians are imprisoned for their anti-establishment lyrics.
A Moroccan court on Friday convicted a rapper of attacking the image of the security services in a song about police corruption and sentenced him to a year in prison.
A Moroccan court denied bail on Wednesday to a rapper charged with attacking the image of the security services in a song about police corruption.
He wrote songs attacking the king for his wealth and lyrics that highlighted the inequalities in Moroccan society, but "Dogs of the State" created the most uproar.
The song asks the police to arrest the wealthy businessmen who he says have divided the country up for themselves.