Morocco: Repression of demonstrations by contract teachers arrives in Parliament

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Following the intervention of the police to disperse contract teachers who demonstrated Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in several cities of the kingdom, a written question was sent Wednesday evening to three government ministers El Othmani.

For example, PJD counselor in the upper house Ali El Asri sent a written question to Mustapha Ramid, Minister of State for Human Rights, Abdelouafi Laftit, Minister of the Interior and Said Amzazi, Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research. It concerns, according to Alyaoum 24 , "the use of force to deal with the demonstrations of contract teachers".

In his question, the counselor recalled that contract teachers "were surprised to see the use of force to disperse their demonstrations, which resulted in injuries of varying degrees in their ranks".

Ali El Asri asked the three ministers to provide more details on "the reasons for the use of force to disperse peaceful demonstrations, especially given the pedagogical, social and human rights implications of this approach, and its impacts on Morocco's image inside and outside. "

As a reminder, night marches were organized simultaneously, Tuesday , March 5 , in at least six Moroccan cities, namely Agadir, Casablanca, Fez, Er-Rachidia, Beni Mellal and Marrakech, to claim tenure in the public service and the abolition of Ministerial Decree No. 2.15.770, signed on August 9, 2016 by the Benkirane government.

The demonstrations were attended by public forces intended to disperse the marchers. Cases of wounded, some of them seriously, have been recorded in Casablanca, Zagora and Er-Rachidia, according to the National Coordination of Contract Teachers.

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