My sister received an anonymous phone call informing her that her husband had sent a group of men to kick her out of the house. She asked me to come film the attack as proof for the police of the harassment she has suffered since the start of the divorce proceedings several months ago. She also called a bailiff to witness the event.
Youssef Tazi arrived with a cohort of around a hundred armed men. They came in cars and trucks, armed with shovels and sticks. Some had even covered their faces.
"My brother-in-law told them that a group of people had been squatting his house"
Some of the attackers broke down the front door while others climbed over the house walls. My sister and my parents, as well as three guards and a family friend, tried to defend themselves, as you can see in the video. My sister and our friend were slightly injured. This all lasted about 20 minutes, and then the attackers ran off. But the guards managed to catch a couple of them, who were handed over to the police.
After the police questioned them, we learned that about 30 or so of these men were laborers that my brother-in-law had been employing for a couple years on his land. The remainder are thugs that he recruited in the “Ataakadom” neighborhood, a low-income neighborhood well-known for being a good place to recruit day laborers. Youssef Tazi told the men that a group of people had been squatting his house and that he needed men to kick them out. The laborers thus were not expecting that we would call the police. They were quite frightened.