Tens of thousands of Moroccans have taken to the streets of Casablanca in protests against the government’s failure to tackle unemployment and other social woes.
Sunday’s rally, which is believed to be the largest opposition protest since a new government took office, was organised by trade unions.
They accuse Abdelilah Benkirane, the prime minister of failing to deliver on the pledges of social justice that brought his party to power in November.
“There are more than 50,000 people who are demonstrating to call on the government to start a genuine dialogue addressing our country’s social ills,” opposition Socialist MP Hassan Tariq said.
“The trade unions are united and the message to the Benkirane government is clear: he needs to change his strategy,” Tariq told the AFP news agency.
Union leaders have been appealing to the government for talks on improving salaries and social conditions in a country where almost half of people aged between 15 and 29 are neither working nor in school, according to a World Bank report issued this month. Read more…