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Dispraising Contractual Teachers’ Protest In Morocco Reveals Unprecedented Repression


Geneva – The Moroccan authorities’
crack down on teachers’ peaceful gatherings in the capital
Rabat shows unprecedented level of repression, the
Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor said in a statement.
The government should stop using security force to deal with
popular protests.

The Moroccan security forces dealt
with hundreds of teachers who demonstrated on Tuesday and
Wednesday in the streets of Rabat with excessive violence.
This led to the injury of dozens of teachers, while the
authorities arrested dozens of others.

Euro-Med
Monitor’s digital team received dozens of photos and
videos that showed uniformed security personnel and others
in civilian clothing assaulting teachers, beating them with
sticks and batons, kicking them, and chasing them through
alleys to arrest them.

The organization viewed
testimonies of a number of teachers who participated in the
demonstrations. Saeed Ahmed (a pseudonym) said: “On
Tuesday, we were violently attacked by security personnel
and civilians cooperating with them. They were mostly
targeting teachers who documented the repression with their
mobile phone cameras. They confiscated many phones, and
prevented teachers from speaking to the
media”.

“The next day, we regrouped to go to
sit-in outside the Parliament, but the security forces
surrounded us near Bab El Had Square, dispersed us and
chased the groups that tried to regroup and arrested a
number of teachers.”

The contractual teachers’
sit-in in the capital, Rabat, comes weeks after they went on
strike and organized protests in a number of Moroccan
cities, calling for integration into the public
sector.

Euro-Med Monitor’s MENA Regional Manager Anas
Aljerjawi, said that “the shocking scenes from Rabat’s
streets show an unprecedented level of oppression and
disregard for human dignity, and reflects a bleak picture of
Morocco’s respect for the basic rights of its
citizens”.

Aljerjawi said: “The contractual
teachers did not commit any serious violations that required
such violent security handling. The teachers’ protests are
no more than a peaceful means of expression guaranteed in
the relevant local and international laws”.
“However,
this brutal treatment indicates that the authorities wanted,
through the crackdown, to send a message of intimidation to
the street, and to show its determination by not tolerating
any popular or union protest.”

The Moroccan
constitution explicitly prohibits attacks on citizens and
threatens their dignity, as Article 22 stipulates that:
“The physical or moral integrity of anyone may not be
infringed, in whatever circumstance that may be, and by any
party that may be, public or private. No one may inflict on
others, under whatever pretext there may be, cruel, inhuman,
[or] degrading treatments or infringements of human
dignity”.

The constitution also guarantees freedom
of opinion, expression, and peaceful assembly, as it is
stated in Article 29 that: “The freedoms of reunion, of
assembly, of peaceful demonstration, of association and of
syndical and political membership [appartenance], are
guaranteed. The law establishes the conditions of the
exercise of these freedoms.”

The Moroccan
authorities should:
• immediately stop using force
against peaceful demonstrators and stop violating their
guaranteed rights to express opinion and peaceful
assembly;
• conduct a transparent and independent
investigation into the serious attacks on contractual
teachers’ protest to bring those responsible to justice
and ensure that this dangerous intrusion on Moroccans’
rights and freedoms is not repeated;
• start a dialogue
with the contractual teachers to reach a solution that
preserves their legal rights, away from resorting to
security solutions that deepen the crisis and eliminate
opportunities for agreement on appropriate
solutions.

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