Rabat - Secretary-General of the Progress and Socialism Party (PPS) Nabil Benabdellah has joined the list of prominent people who fully support the ongoing boycott against the high prices of key Moroccan-made products.
Rabat – Secretary-General of the Progress and Socialism Party (PPS) Nabil Benabdellah has joined the list of prominent people who fully support the ongoing boycott against the high prices of key Moroccan-made products.
The boycott began online and is in opposition to recent price increases for widely used staples from major Moroccan companies, including dairy products made by the Centrale Laitière, bottled water from Sidi Ali, and Afriquia gasoline.
In a video widely circulated on social media, Benabdellah said that the boycott is a spontaneous expression of people who have been suffering due to the high cost of living in the country.
The Moroccan politician also compared the growing online protests to recent mass demonstrations that erupted in the country, including in Al Hoceima, Jerada Jerada and Zagora, urging the government to fully respond to citizen demands around economic opportunity and social disparity issues.
“We have not done enough to meet these demands, so people are in urgent need of dignity and respect. They demand better living conditions, transparency and true democracy,” said Benabdellah.
Benabdellah’s support followed a similar statement made by Nizar Baraka, Istiqlal Party’s Secretary General.
In an interview with the radio broadcast “Point à la ligne,” Baraka said that the government needs to seize upon the message conveyed by the campaign.
In response to the boycott, several government officials are calling the campaign a weak plot to undermine the brands that are being boycotted. Baraka, however, said that what is important is to understand the message conveyed and not to know who is behind the campaign.
Several Moroccan celebrities echoed the citizen demands, including Moroccan divas Asmae Lamnawar, Latifa Raafat, Saida Caharf, and Najat Aatabou.