Authorities were trying to end a rally of an estimated 15,000 teachers in front of parliament where they planned to spend the night ahead of an even bigger demonstration called by a coalition of leftist opposition parties, unions and civil society groups.
El Mahdaoui, who was arrested in July 2017 in the northern Rif city of Al Hoceima, was tried on the charge of not reporting a crime against state security after receiving a phone call from a Moroccan national living abroad saying he would introduce arms to Morocco.
"Thanks to permanent contact and collaboration between the two countries, Moroccan security services have carried out two arrests here in Morocco linked to the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils," he said. He declined to give further details because the men were still under investigation.
The video, which was posted on social media on Sunday, shows four boys sexually molesting a woman while laughing, tearing her clothes off and insulting her in Arabic. The woman – who the authorities said had learning difficulties – is seen in tears, crying for help, while neither the bus driver nor any of the passengers intervene.
Emmanuel Macron will also be trying to defuse the dispute between Qatar and its neighbours. Meetings are likely to take place in June last week for the same. Also on his agenda was the conflict in Libya, where the UN-backed government is struggling to impose its legitimacy.