This site was created in February 2012 as part of a group project in Diana Abouali’s “Intro to Arab Culture” class at Dartmouth College. This blog is edited by Marissa Lynn, Christie Morley, Svati Narula, Ron Williams and Meredith Sweeney.
This blog follows the events precipitating from the Arab Spring in Morocco. In January 0f 2011, following the success of the Tunisian Revolution a group of Moroccan activists launched a debate on Facebook around the question of change in Morocco. They created a group called “Freedom and Democracy Now.” A couple of days later, the group issued its first “founding” statement which was directed at the King. In a country where the head of state is considered sacred, the activists’ move was unprecedented. Their message was seen as bold and risky at the same time; however activists conveyed the message that many Moroccans wanted to hear.
The activist wanted, “the necessary changes in the political system to allow Moroccans to rule themselves by themselves” and “to break with the past for real and irrevocably.”
Sunday, February 20, was chosen for a nationwide, non-violent demonstration to be held in all Moroccan cities. This date marks the start of the pro-democracy movement in Morocco. Mainstream media, mostly owned or under the influence of the government, ignored the appeal. Only a handful of independent print and online newspapers carried the message. Activists turned to the internet and social media to get their messages across.
Morocco just celebrated the one year anniversary of its pro-democracy movement. This past year saw constitutional reforms in early July and elections in November. This blog follows the events of the Arab spring in Morocco. It also functions to a paint a picture of the social, political and cultural environment of the North African nation.