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Morocco - questions for the Movement of 20 February, one year on

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Moroccan activist, member of the Revolutionary Marxist Current (CMR), Ziyad Ziad, puts forward his analysis of the course of the Moroccan democracy movement, one year on.

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Morocco: crackdown against the Berbers

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.

An activist of the Moroccan Trotskyist group Revolutionary Marxist Current on the repression of the Berber community by the new Islamist government.

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Fight for women's rights in North Africa

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.

Islamists are attacking women's rights in Morocco and Tunisia.

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Morocco: where rape brings dishonour... on women

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”.

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

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Islamists gain in Morocco's elections

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.

An Islamist party which models itself on the ruling Turkish AKP has won elections in Morocco.

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The workers, politics and the left in Morocco

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.

A revolutionary Marxist from Morocco discusses how the "Arab revolt" unfolded in his country.

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