Moroccan rapper on trial amid growing rage at powers-that-be

In this Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 photo, Moroccan rapper Abdelkrim Bouhjir, known as Kouz1, performs at a rap concert as part of the Visa for Music festiv...
In this Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 photo, Moroccan rapper Yahya Semlali, 31, known as LZ3er, poses for a portrait in his studio in Fes, Morocco. (AP Phot...
In this Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 photo, Moroccan rapper Yahya Semlali, 31, known as LZ3er, works in his studio in Fes, Morocco. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elsha...
In this Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 photo, Moroccan rapper Tarik El Tazi, known as Tflow, poses for a portrait in Fes, Morocco. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
In this Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 photo, Moroccan rapper Madd performs at a rap concert as part of the Visa for Music festival in Rabat, Morocco. (AP Phot...
In this Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 photo, a view of an audio mixing software used by Moroccan rapper Yahya Semlali, 31, known as LZ3er, in his studio in ...
In this Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 photo, Moroccan rapper Madd performs at a rap concert as part of the Visa for Music festival in Rabat, Morocco. (AP Phot...
In this Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 photo, Moroccan rapper Yahya Semlali, 31, known as LZ3er, performs one of his songs during an interview with the Assoc...
In this Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 photo, Moroccan rapper Madd performs at a rap concert as part of the Visa for Music festival in Rabat, Morocco. (AP Phot...
In this Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 photo, Moroccan rapper Abdelkrim Bouhjir, known as Kouz1, prepares to perform in a rap concert as part of the Visa for M...
In this Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 photo, Moroccan rapper Yahya Semlali, 31, known as LZ3er, poses for a portrait in his studio in Fes, Morocco. (AP Phot...
In this Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 photo, rap music fans attend a concert for Moroccan rappers as part of the Visa for Music festival in Rabat, Morocco. (A...

In this Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 photo, Moroccan rapper Abdelkrim Bouhjir, known as Kouz1, performs at a rap concert as part of the Visa for Music festiv...

In this Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 photo, Moroccan rapper Yahya Semlali, 31, known as LZ3er, poses for a portrait in his studio in Fes, Morocco. (AP Phot...

In this Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 photo, Moroccan rapper Yahya Semlali, 31, known as LZ3er, works in his studio in Fes, Morocco. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elsha...

In this Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 photo, Moroccan rapper Tarik El Tazi, known as Tflow, poses for a portrait in Fes, Morocco. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

In this Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 photo, Moroccan rapper Madd performs at a rap concert as part of the Visa for Music festival in Rabat, Morocco. (AP Phot...

In this Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 photo, a view of an audio mixing software used by Moroccan rapper Yahya Semlali, 31, known as LZ3er, in his studio in ...

In this Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 photo, Moroccan rapper Madd performs at a rap concert as part of the Visa for Music festival in Rabat, Morocco. (AP Phot...

In this Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 photo, Moroccan rapper Yahya Semlali, 31, known as LZ3er, performs one of his songs during an interview with the Assoc...

In this Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 photo, Moroccan rapper Madd performs at a rap concert as part of the Visa for Music festival in Rabat, Morocco. (AP Phot...

In this Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 photo, Moroccan rapper Abdelkrim Bouhjir, known as Kouz1, prepares to perform in a rap concert as part of the Visa for M...

In this Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 photo, Moroccan rapper Yahya Semlali, 31, known as LZ3er, poses for a portrait in his studio in Fes, Morocco. (AP Phot...

In this Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 photo, rap music fans attend a concert for Moroccan rappers as part of the Visa for Music festival in Rabat, Morocco. (A...

FES, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan rapper Gnawi is going on trial accused of insulting police. But his supporters see the case as a crackdown against a recent video by him and two friends that exposes Morocco’s problems with migration and drugs.

The song also criticizes the king, which is a crime.

Gnawi, a former military serviceman whose real name is Mohamed Mounir, goes on trial Monday in a case that his supporters see as a backlash against expressions of growing public anger at authorities and lack of economic opportunity.

Moroccan authorities say the arrest was prompted by an earlier video in which Gnawi insults the police, which is a crime punishable with up to two years in prison.