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Morocco's February 20 movement: 'Demands still alive'

Protestors march through Rabat to mark the anniversary of the 2011 wave of protests, known as the February 20 Movement, “that was inspired by the Arab uprisings taking place in Tunisia and other Arab countries. Protesters, representing a myriad of political affiliations, rallied under the banner of the February 20 Movement and called for an end to corruption, better housing and employment opportunities, and an end to privatization of schools, among other demands.”

Source: www.aljazeera.com

A united union front has mobilized to oppose the privatization of education

A united union front has mobilized to oppose the privatization of education. “According to the SNE-CDT, the education sector ‘is the victim of certain troubles and failures,’ where ‘public education is bankrupt’ as all temporary procedures and measures ‘are aimed at destroying public education to subsequently privatise it.’ These measures are also aimed at ‘eliminating’ the rights and prior gains of the sector's teachers and officials. In addition, the union believes that recruitment of contract teachers will greatly harm public education and illustrates the state's abandonment of a public sector.”

Source: Education International

Neoliberalism, police repression, and the privatisation of a fishery leads to protests

Neoliberalism, police repression, and the privatisation of a fishery leads to protests. Thousands of people have been protesting across the country after a fish seller was crushed to death in a garbage truck trying to retrieve fish confiscated by police. Miriyam Aouragh, an anthropologist and democracy activist, says what we are seeing in Morocco is “a very complex reality of the sort of privatisation and harsh control of the fishery. (…) We see sort of two or three different dynamics happening at the same time: the sort of call for democracy, police repression, and, at the same time, I think what is often missed out in the analysis, a very important political economy that has to do with Morocco’s extreme neoliberal transformations, ongoing at present.”

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Privatization of education in Morocco

This report is the result of several months of collaboration between Moroccan NGOs: The Moroccan Coalition on Education for All (CMEPT), the Moroccan National Federation of Parents’ Associations (FNAPEM), the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR), Bayti, the Student Union for the Change of the Educational System (UECSE), the Mouvement Anfass Démocratiques, Zaynoofor Equal Opportunities, and ATTAC/CADTM Morocco.

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