Egypt, Tunisia, Libya– and now Morocco.

The crisis first hits Egypt and Tunisia and I tell myself that although both countries are in Northern Africa, this would in no way implicate my country—Morocco. Libya then follows and I was more obstinate than ever into believing that we differed. Morocco tends to always choose the neutral side of things, whether out of cowardice or simple safety/logic. The rumors started on Facebook –YES… Facebook once again, claiming that manifestations would start on the 20th of February. People started creating groups such as “Je suis Marocain(e) et je suis contre les marches du 20 Février” (which means “I am Moroccan and am against the strike/riots that will take place Feb. 20th ”), and gaining thousands of participants. Others started posting videos of themselves on YouTube telling the populace to stay put and keep their kingdom in safety and away from all this drama. I was wrong to think this was only propaganda—for the 20th of February was a day of tumult in Morocco.

37, 000 people manifested in Morocco on that day. The streets were full, parents were worried about their children, and routes were blocked. Morocco is a monarchy which holds immense respect for its King, yet that February 20th didn’t seem to be a beautiful day in the eyes of all Moroccans. Although, the manifestations were pacifist, unfortunately some got out of hand—typical in these kinds of situations. Many minors were involved in the chaos that broke, as well as people from the lower classes living in harsh conditions. Open flames covered public buildings, governmental buildings , stores, and a few cars causing 128 injured and 5 deaths.


This was a social movement in Morocco which did not target its monarchy. People who stood up and voiced their concerns that day demanded profound reform within the Moroccan political system. Unemployment, minimum-wage, living conditions, literacy are what the Moroccans targeted fervently.

Intense pressure is arising because of the virtual world that we are currently facing with all the new media we live with and social networking. The question is how far will it spread, and how many countries will be at their mercy.

-Fatine Fares-Eddine

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