MOROCCO— Police in Morocco used force to disperse protests organized by teacher trainees on Thursday in several cities on the country.
Teachers protested peacefully against what they called the “unfair” government decree, when the Police used violence to disperse protesters leading to several injuries and one death according to news reports.
Teacher trainees, have been protesting since the beginning of the current school year after the government refused to meet to their demands.
Police “used excessive force” to disperse teachers who were holding placards that read “no to the two decrees.”
The first decree that teachers were against entails that teachers’ scholarships should be reduced from MAD 2000 to MAD 1200 per month. The second decree implied that the training would not allow the trainees to join the teaching profession. According to the same decree, teachers will have to sit for another qualifying exam. If they fail, trainees will only earn a diploma, which will not help them get a job as teachers in public sector.
Several Moroccan citizens denounced this act using the different social media tools, while an online petition was launched by a human rights activists against the police use of violence.