By Haddouchan Youssef
By Haddouchan Youssef
Morocco World News
Errachidia, Morocco, March 21, 2012
After the anniversary of the 20th February movement, Morocco has resorted once again to oppress all demonstrations, particularly those which are organized by jobless graduates. Such oppression has caused much anger among unemployed graduates, for some of them pinned their hopes on the new government. The use of violence means, for many, that there is no real passion even to cater for the social needs of people.
Anyone who happens to visit Rabat these days may be surprised by the aggressive oppression to which jobless graduates have been incessantly exposed. Despite the peacefulness of their demonstrations, jobless protestors have been faced with excessive use of force. Every week, at least five to ten protestors fall victim to this oppression. Some of them have their arms broken, whereas others suffer from serious injuries. This has been a repetitive scenario. Additionally, the psychological effects of this violence is worse than anything else that the police may do, by any means, to instill fear and terror inside the protestors. If the Amazigh proverb says it “better to be beaten than to be threatened,” the authorities here use both.
It goes without saying that employment is a constitutional right. But do all countries abide by their constitutions and laws? As to Morocco, this question may find its answer in Avenue Mohamed V in Rabat. When you see that educated people are subject to nightsticks and different forms of inhumane treatment, you could certainly see how laws are breached. “As master jobless graduates, we feel very much disdained,” says a group of protestors, “when the police start beating and chasing us simply because we ask for our right to have a job. Our grief deepens all the more when they start uttering immoral and dirty words.” Unfortunately, this violation of human rights occurs at a time when Morocco takes pride in being amongst countries which are not impacted by the late democratic spring.
While all these bitter incidents happen almost every week in the heart of the capital city of Morocco, the so-called Moroccan intellectuals prefer to ‘activate silent mode,’ if we may use the jargon of technology. Nobody dares to write an article at least to depict what happens to the protestors. On the contrary, most of the B-intellectuals sides with the oppressors by means of writing articles that describe protestors as rioters. Furthermore, some of the ‘B-intellectuals’, who enjoy their coffees in cafés that are situated on Avenue Mohamed V, tend to jeer and mock protestors saying words such as, “you deserve truncheons because you disturb us a lot”!
In brief, it should be known that the use of violence against jobless graduates is not a civilized way of solving the problem of unemployment, or any other social crises. We do not want to spill much ink on disclosing what our country suffers from. But when we see human rights are violated, we feel obliged to inscribe a record for the history books; otherwise we become traitors.
Edited by Benjamin Villanti
Haddouchan Youssef is a master’s graduate in Cross-Cultural and Literary Studies from the University of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdelah, fez. He can be reached here: [email protected]
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