Rabat - The Istiqlal party’s Secretary General, Nizar Baraka, has voiced his support for the ongoing online boycott campaign launched against the rise in commodity prices across the country.
Rabat – The Istiqlal party’s Secretary General, Nizar Baraka, has voiced his support for the ongoing online boycott campaign launched against the rise in commodity prices across the country.
In an interview given to the radio broadcast “Point à la ligne,” Baraka said that the government needs to seize upon the message conveyed by the campaign.
In his comments, the Moroccan politician contested comments made earlier this week by officials, including Morocco’s Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Aziz Akhannouch, and Minister of Finance and Economy, Mohamed Boussaid.
The boycott, launched on April 20, on Twitter and Facebook, protests the high prices of several products, including Centrale Laitière, Afriquia (a subsidiary of the Akwa Group), and Sidi Ali companies.
On the sidelines of the 13th annual International Agriculture Fair in Morocco (SIAM), Akhannouch has announced his disregard for the online campaign.
The minister, who is also the owner of the Afriquia gasoline boycotted by online protesters, declared that the internet campaign cannot stop 470,000 employees in the dairy sector, noting that citizens should be thankful for the fact that there are no milk shortages and the product is available throughout the year.
Baraka criticized the exorbitant prices of hydrocarbons, “which have reached a maximum that citizens can no longer stand.”
While several officials called the campaign a weak plot, Baraka said that “the important thing is not to know who is behind the campaign, but rather to understand the message conveyed” through the campaign.
The official said that the campaign reflects the suffering of citizens due to the high cost of living.
Several Moroccan celebrities have also expressed their support and solidarity with the online boycott campaign in protest of the rise in commodity prices, including Moroccan divas Asmae Lamnawar, Latifa Raafat, Saida Caharf, and Najat Aatabou.