Moroccan human rights activist to Al-Quds Al-Arabi: We will take part in the march next Sunday in protest against the government’s powerlessness and the deteriorating social conditions

Rabat – “Al Quds Al Arabi”: The Moroccan Social Front, which includes a number of civic organizations and human rights activists, has announced its intention to hold a “popular march” next Sunday morning from “Victory Square” in Casablanca, under the slogan “at high prices.” suppression and normalization.
The Moroccan Association for the Protection of Public Funds, which is part of the aforementioned network, regarded the persistence of corruption, bribery, rent and impunity as among the main reasons contributing to poverty and social and spatial inequality.
It noted, in a statement seen by Al-Quds Al-Arabi, that the lack of transparency in the business and financial climate, conflict of interest, ambiguity of market rules, monopoly rule and the weakness of governing bodies, including the “Competition Council”, are reasons among other factors that have led to an unprecedented rise in the prices of consumer goods and fuel, amid ambiguity in the management of this important sector, which generates huge profits for the companies involved.
The association indicated that this situation is further complicated by the confusion in the role of the “cleaning fund” in those profits and the failure of the government to bear the legal and political responsibility to alleviate public opinion and all the circumstances and circumstances related to the management of said fund.
The statement also touched on the issue of the “La Samir” oil refinery, which he said had reached a state of bankruptcy and wasted large public funds without conducting an objective and transparent evaluation and investigation of its management, and informing public opinion about the real causes. of this crisis, and propose serious alternatives to overcome this situation and achieve security and energy sovereignty.
Attorney Mohamed Al-Glousi, head of the Moroccan Association for the Protection of Money, said in a statement to Al-Quds Al-Arabi that the national office of his authority had decided to take part in the expected protest march, and ‘ appealed to all. male and female fighters and all male and female civilians, for intensive participation in that march.
He explained that it was a national march against high prices and restrictions on freedoms and rights, as well as against normalization. He added that protests in these circumstances have more than one reason, and these are legitimate reasons, as the government today is able to implement his promises he made during the election, and gave an example of this through the unprecedented prices of consumer goods and fuel prices, the deterioration of the purchasing power of large groups of citizens, as well as the growing social inequality in earnest compared to previous years, as wealth today has become concentrated in the hands of a small group, while being deprived of the broad categories of that wealth, as he put it.
The human rights activist also drew attention to the spatial inequality between regions and regions, as there are regions that do not have the most basic services, public facilities and other structures. He pointed out that voices had emerged from the government exerting restrictions on civil society, as evidenced by the repeated statements of the Minister of Justice about his firm desire to deprive civil society associations to lodge complaints related to bribery, corruption and looting of public money. Consequently, the Ministry of the Interior is solely obliged to lodge complaints in the matter.
Al-Ghulusi described this tendency as “dangerous” and “al-Nakousi” and that it embodied the absence of a real political will to fight corruption, bribery and rent. He further said that the government has withdrawn the draft criminal law criminalizing illegal enrichment and has not modernized the legal system related to the fight against corruption as it has not yet put a review of the property permit law and other laws on its agenda do not have. related to the creation of public life.
He added that corruption is deepening in society, and the most dangerous is that it has changed into behavior and culture, which is not enough with a mere legal text, which requires the joint efforts of all actors, institutions and society, in order to confronts corruption as it drains 5 percent of gross domestic product.
Then the same speaker, in his statement to Al-Quds Al-Arabi, paused at some of the ongoing hearings related to corruption and public looting, saying: “Although we have noted the positivity of some prosecutions and judicial decisions contained herein has been issued. matter, they remain limited and weak, given the magnitude of the phenomenon and its danger in society.
In Al-Ghulusi’s conviction, these follow-ups and judgments do not reflect the true extent of the phenomenon of corruption and bribery in society. He added that corruption had spread to some university institutions, and there was a serious discrepancy in the role of the university, by which we followed from the files before the court.
He also noted that some reports of the “Supreme Court of Accounts” were not referred to the judiciary to prosecute those involved in corruption and looting of public money. He was of the opinion that the Competition Council, as a governing body, was in an unenviable situation as it could not play its role in controlling the market, prices, competition and transparency in the business and financial climate. Other institutions, such as the “National Commission for Integrity and the Prevention and Combating of Corruption,” despite the adoption of a law that expands its powers and roles, stressing that its role in society and the impact of this tasks on bribery are still very weak, if not non-existent.
He said: “Today there is a worrying economic and social situation,” noting that there is a rise in unemployment and poverty rates; He expressed his conviction that the current government is made up of ministers who are incapable of bringing about any positive transformation in society, and that it is – the speaker adds – incapable of agreeing with Moroccan public opinion. to communicate, and does not have an integrated and comprehensive program that responds to social and economic conditions.
He stressed that the government is unable to provide solutions and alternatives to get the country out of the existing economic and social crisis. He drew attention to the fact that the government of Aziz Akhannouch, while allowing conflict of interest and proving its inability to lower prices and respond to the expectations of large segments of society, was unable to increase in the minimum wages for employees and workers. , as these salaries remained stagnant and did not move for a long time. In exchange for the existence of very large salaries for some officials, ministers and directors of public institutions.
The human rights activist concluded his statement to Al-Quds Al-Arabi by saying: “We need a government that listens to the pulse of society, responds to its expectations, communicates with power and courage with public opinion, and offers alternative and serious programs. which goes beyond the existing patchwork policies that have a limited impact. ”

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