Undated photo of rapper Mouad Belrhouate
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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.