The plight of blind Moroccan protesters continues. The protesters demanding employment are vowing to end their struggle by killing themselves if they continue to be ignored.
Rabat – Renewing their calls for social integration and decrying the “false promises” of Minister of Family Bassima Hakkaoui, a group of blind protesters have broken into the ministry headquarters once again.
Rabat witnessed two protests on Tuesday.
While the contractual teachers protested the government’s “disregard” for their demands to be integrated into public sector employment to receive healthcare and pensions, the National Coordination for the Disabled, Unemployed Degree-Holders broke into the family ministry with gas bottles.
All employees at the ministry headquarters in Agdal, Rabat, evacuated the building, fearing that the protesters might set it on fire because they carried gas bottles and climbed onto the rooftop. The protestors were threatening to kill themselves en masse if their problems were not solved.
The incident is reminiscent of the same protesters’ sit-ins and demonstrations last September and October which went on for weeks for the same purpose.
Back then, the protesters carried bottles of fuel and threatened to burn themselves alive if their calls to be employed and for “dignity” and “better living conditions” were to be ignored again.
In October 2018, 25-year-old Saber El Haloui fell off the ministry’s roof during the sit-in, which was also organized by the National Coordination for the Disabled, Unemployed Degree-Holders.
The protesters said on Monday that although they met with Hakkaoui in October, the minister continues to “procrastinate” on finding them employment.