Sounds from Moroccan rapper Mouad Belrhouate
24 November 2011 Last updated at 22:36 GMT
For Morocco's protest movement, the case of rapper Mouad Belrhouate shows that the regime's authoritarian reflexes die hard.
The rapper, who goes by the name of El-Haked, or The Indignant, was arrested on 9 September, accused of physically attacking and injuring someone in a scuffle.
But according to Haked's supporters, the case was concocted because his lyrics dared to criticise the regime.
He remains in prison as Moroccans head to the polls to elect a parliament. Morocco's official human rights council says his case is an exception, which they are investigating.