Moroccans protest against high prices for essential goods


Thousands of Moroccans staged nationwide protests on Sunday to rally against the rising prices of essential commodities and to commemorate the eleventh anniversary of demonstrations that called for reform.

The Moroccan demonstrations coincide with the 11th anniversary of the wave of protests known as the February 20 movement, inspired by the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprisings that took place around the region in 2011.

According to reports, dozens of protesters in the capital Rabat, decried the high cost of basic goods and shouted slogans against the government for its failure to keep spiraling prices under control, leading more people to fall into poverty.

Smaller demonstrations broke out in other cities where protesters demanded that the government immediately intervene to improve the people’s purchasing power.

The minister delegate in charge of the budget, Fouzi Lekjaa, disclosed that the government has adopted multiple measures to alleviate the strain on Moroccan households, but acknowledged they remain “insufficient.”

Meanwhile, the government blamed the spike in prices of basic goods on a combination of the global post-pandemic economic recovery and the increase in prices of grains and oil products on international markets.

The North African kingdom is the latest of several countries to see public anger erupt over high global energy prices, which are driving decades-high inflation numbers around the world.

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