A Moroccan court has resumed the trial of 25 Sahrawis accused of killing 13 people, mostly Moroccan security forces, in the contested Western Sahara’s Gdeim Izik camp in 2010.
Outside the court, supporters of the two camps, separated by a line of policemen, exchanged slogans and insults.
In 2013, a military court sentenced the 25 defendants to punishment ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment following a high-profile legal drama.
But International NGOs condemned the trial as “unfair”, and in July the Court of Cassation ordered a new trial in a civilian court.
Morocco says Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony under its control, is an integral part of the kingdom, but the Algeria-backed Polisario Front demands a referendum on self-determination for the territory.