Morocco

Morocco: crackdown against the Berbers

Submitted by Matthew on 16 May, 2012 - 6:54

The new Islamist-controlled government in Morocco has been engaging in increased repression against the social movement which started last year under the name of the “20 February Movement”, as the Moroccan expression of the Arab Spring.

In the Berber-speaking Rif region, this repression has been intense for several weeks, with housing demolitions, widespread use of tear gas and other weapons, with deaths and many injuries.

Ziyad Mohammed, an activist of the Trotskyist group Revolutionary Marxist Current, spoke to Solidarity.

Fight for women's rights in North Africa

Submitted by Matthew on 11 April, 2012 - 7:52

On 10 March 16-year-old Amina Filali killed herself by swallowing rat poison.

Amina had been badly beaten during a forced marriage to Mustapha Kellak, a man who had raped her. Although there have been some limited legal improvement in the position of women in Morocco, the state still allows a rapist to marry an underage victim as a way of avoiding prosecution. The law — known as Article 475 — says a “kidnapper” of a minor can marry his victim so that dishonour is not brought on her family.

Morocco: where rape brings dishonour... on women

Submitted by Matthew on 28 March, 2012 - 5:43

On 18 March several hundred campaigners, led by the Democratic League for Women’s Rights, demonstrated outside Morocco’s parliament against a law which led 16-year old Amina Filali to kill herself.

Article 475 of Morocco’s penal code allows rapists to marry the woman they rape, if she is a minor, to avoid prosecution and “restore her virtue”.

Islamists gain in Morocco's elections

Submitted by Matthew on 1 December, 2011 - 10:10

The 25 November elections in Morocco were won by a soft-Islamist party, the Party for Justice and Development, which models itself on the ruling Turkish Islamist party.

The runner-up was Istiqlal, a conservative monarchist party.

The elections took place amidst intensifying protests. Much of the left participated in a boycott of the elections.

The workers, politics and the left in Morocco

Submitted by cathy n on 12 September, 2011 - 6:04

Ziyad, from Courant Marxiste Révolutionnaire, Morocco, spoke to Ed Maltby.

In Morocco, young people were influenced by what had happened in Tunisia, and also by the various calls coming from other so-called Arab countries, calling on people to demonstrate against dictators, for human rights. They initially came together around demands which stopped at a certain political ceiling: that is, minimal democratic demands. On 20 February people came out to demonstrate for social justice, against repression and against corruption.