Here is a photo collage and a variety of quotes to illustrate the February 20, 2011 protest movement in Morocco.
There is literally not enough to eat, virtually no jobs, unless you are a part of a particular family. While the King constructs yet another palace which the people are all proud off!! The King of Morocco is another caterpillar munching on all the people’s leaves!
Morocco’s security forces have sometimes dispersed large demonstrations with considerable violence. Today, the security forces allowed Moroccan citizens to march peacefully to demand profound changes in how their country is governed. Morocco’s calm response to protests today should be the rule, not the exception for tolerating peaceful dissent.
Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch
You feel like he’s [King Mohammad VI] working for Morocco, like he cares about us. The problem is those guys…gesturing toward Parliament. They don’t come here to work. They come here to sleep.
Ibrahim Zelinkouz, student in Rabat
Down with dictatorship! End the corruption! We want change!
A farmer needs to clear stones and weeds before he ploughs the land. With this reform, we plough without riding the country of corrupt people.
Abdelali, a 42-year-old real estate entrepreneur in Tangier
There are two kinds of regime in the Arab world. Dictatorial, and dictatorial wearing a democratic mask. In Morocco, we’re the latter, thanks to the Makzhen.
Youssef Raissooni, president of the Rabat branch of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights
Unlike their Syrian and Yemeni counterparts, Moroccan demonstrators are chanting “The people want the reformation of the regime,” as compared to the Syrians’ call for the toppling of the Assad regime. Moroccan protesters have been calling for socioeconomic and political reform as opposed to a radical transformation.
Seven policemen beat him for five minutes.
Adel Fathi, a friend of Kamal Amari. Amari was a university graduate with a degree in physics who was killed in a protest on May 29 in Casablanca.
I want to know who gave the order for the violence. I want the policemen and the minister of interior to be held responsible.
Mohamed Amari, brother of Kamal