Protest this weekend in support of Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Morocco uprisings


There’s a protest this weekend in San Francisco, in support of folks in Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Morocco, and other Arab popular movements as they struggle against dictatorships and repressive governments.

Folks are invited to meet Saturday, February 26 at 1 p. m. at the U.N. Plaza at Market and 7th Street in San Francisco for a march that will feature 20 organizations, including Arab Resource and Organizing Center and American Friends Service Committee. [Update: Just got a call from ANSWER Coalition to say they did not approve the inclusion, by protest organizers, of their name as a feature organization at Saturday's protest, because they do not agree with some of the wording in the protest organizers' press release.]

“Across Arab nations popular movements for governmental, social, and economic change are arising daily since the start of 2011, with people going to the streets in the thousands and millions,” states a press release from march organizers. “ In many cases, these popular movements are being met by extreme use of force at the hands of governments and dictators whose repression has been supported by foreign assistance from the US.  The most horrific of this repression has been witnessed internationally through social media broadcasting from Libya and Bahrain, where hundreds of innocent protesters have been massacred.”,p.

Organizers note that thousands of Bay Area residents demonstrated solidarity over the last month in support of the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions, and now they are inviting folks to turn out in solidarity with the people of countries who are mourning those who have lost their lives in this struggle for democratic ideals, and in standing with those who continue to come out into the streets despite brutal repression.

"We are marching in San Francisco to support one another as Libyans, and as Arabs who are all fighting for freedom. We are demanding that governments around the world end their complicity with Gaddafi that has kept him in power for 42 years, and take a firm stance against the brutal repression of our people." Wafa, a Libyan-American educator and activist, said in a press release.

“For the past week, tens of thousands of Libyans have been marching and demonstrating to put an end to 42 years of dictatorship, poverty, unemployment, and torture at the hands of the ruthless Gadaffi regime,” protest organizers stated. “The people of Libya continue to make history, struggling to defend their country and demand a real end to Gadaffi’s regime, following in the footsteps of their brothers and sisters in Tunisia, Egypt, and in tandem with Bahrain, Yemen, Morocco, Jordan, Syria, Iran, and all nations fighting for freedom.”



I am Moroccan living in San Francisco. I grew up in Morocco and still go back 2-3 times a year, so am very close to life in the country.

I do appreciate San Francisco residents supporting the struggle of people around the world fighting for freedom. However, I would like to point out that the case of Morocco is very different. Morocco is still a developing country with many challenges, but the protests last Sunday have shown a couple things:
1) The Moroccan government was extremely respectful to the protesters and did not interfere. If anything, people blamed the police for not jumping in sooner when thugs/looters broke into some commercial buildings.
2) The Moroccan population is extremely loyal to the King. The key demands from protesters were against corruption in the government (Which, I have to say is _nothing_ compared to what it was a decade ago. Tons of room for improvement, but things have come a long way).

Anyhow, I just wanted to make this comment because I do feel that Morocco is a pretty free and open country. People can express themselves and have been for a while. We still have a lot of progress to make, so times like this are a great opportunity to introspect and push things forward. However, if you genuinely want to help the people of Morocco, a first step is to not blindly assume that it has the same problems as some of the neighboring countries.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 23, 2011 @ 7:07 pm

Well said Guest, how ever the freedom that you speak off may not be the freedom that the BG is talking about, so it doesn't matter and the fact that you are Moroccan means nothing because the people at the BG know better than you, so keep quiet!

Posted by Guest on Feb. 23, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

come on man, wake up and smell the roses, i don't encourage the looting or destruction of properties what those thugs did is wrong but also the police beat up protesters in other part of the country, see videos on youtube. secondly, you said the population what population those are paid bu the government look at lybia for example some people are out there supporting the pagant ruler. you give one moroccan who love the king, i will give 10 who hate him. the king and his royal family and surrounding friends are the problem. sharing and dividing the wealth of morocco between them while the rest of the Moroccan are starving. come on i get upset when i hear someone educated like yourself talk like that, either you are naive or your family share the wealth with the king because if you are satisfied with the situationwhy don't you move back to Morocco.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 24, 2011 @ 5:02 am

Of course they beat up people! We see that here in America, in Europe and everywhere in the world! are you on drugs?! those thugs were burning banks and police stations! what did you want them to do? send them flowers? OMG im allucinating!

Posted by Guest on Feb. 24, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

But it does have similar problems as some fo the neighboring coutries...and this is no blind assumption. It's called inflation, and as the Federal Reserve of America keep on printing and bailing out the rich by printing the reserve currency of the world (which has already more than doubled in circulation within a few years), food prices worldwide will explode. Importing countries such as Egypt, Tunesia, Yemen, Syria and Morroco, are the firsts to feel the impact of the inflationary food prices as producing countries ration their supply to meet their country's demand before exporting. As long as Obama does nothing (he's in fact supporting this monstrous policy by issuing big bank bailouts himself), this will only get worste. But what's even important is the fact that the U.S. is bankrupt and is on the verge of default. When the default will be official, the USD will collapse and become worthless. So in the meantime, the Fed prints money which is only contributing to make the fall of the US empire even worste. Millions will suffer. This plot by the Obama office, international bankers, and bilderberg elitists is much more evil than Hitler's was during WWII.

Just though I should clarify this. Although Morocco may not escalade as quickly as Libya and Egypt, it is inevitable. People HAVE to eat.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 24, 2011 @ 10:31 am

Morocco is neither free nor open country. It is ruled by an autoritarian regime that keeps all the powers in the king's hands.
Finally, and after many decades of oppression and torture, the moroccan youth decides to, following the recent changes made in Tunisia and Egypt, to make the dream happens. An historical revolution is being made in Morocco. Support it!!

Posted by Moroccan 2 on Feb. 24, 2011 @ 2:04 pm

If a fly always eats shit it would not know how sweet honey really tastes !

ake the fact that, between 1999 and 2009, the Moroccan government
arrested, charged, prosecuted, and sentenced nearly thirty journalists
including Ali Lmrabet of Demain; Aboubakr Jamaï, Ali Amar, and Fahd
Iraqi of Le Journal Hebdomadaire; Ahmed Reda Benchemsi and Karim
Boukhari of Tel Quel; Driss Chahtane, Mustapha Hirane, and Rachid
Mhamid of Al Mish’al; Driss Ksikes and Sanaa el-Aji of Nichane;
Abderrahim Ariri, and Mostapha Hormatallah of Al Watan al An; Rachid
Nini, Said Laajal, and Youssef Meskine of Al Massae; Taoufik
Bouachrine and Khalid Gueddar of Akhbar al-Youm; Ali Anouzla and
Bouchra Eddou of Al-jarida Al-Oula; Noureddine Miftah and Meriem
Moukrim of Al Ayam.

For now, the Moroccan government is allowing the protest to go
forward, though its proxies and allies are already hard at work,
calling the protestors a rag tag group of agitators with divergent and
unreasonable demands. But dismissing the February 20 movement because
its supporters have different personal agendas is no different than
signing on to the status quo in Morocco. And, for the sake of the
unemployed and the illiterate, for the sake of the poor, for the sake
of the victims of police abuse, for the sake of all those who have
been rendered in secret prisons: the status quo cannot go on.
please help us!!

Posted by adil on Feb. 24, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

If you like your King, Then why don't you go back to Morocco and stay there.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 26, 2011 @ 4:36 am

Mohammed VI is a whole lot different than Hassan II, his father. Morocco is not Egypt and it's especially not Libya.

Moreover, I thought groups like ANSWER were opposed to imperialism and interference in other state's affairs. Now they're calling for it? I guess interference is only bad when you're opposed to the goals of the state engaging in it.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Feb. 23, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

With the application of a little twisted and moronic "logic" it's easy to see that they have contradicted themselves.
Thinking they could slip that past you. You're way to vigilant for that.

Posted by Corm on Feb. 23, 2011 @ 11:54 pm

I appreciate my fans here, more than you know.

I also could have mentioned ANSWER's ties to antisemitic groups and the cult members of the Revolutionary Communist Party. But I decided to keep it tightly focused on their hypocrisy instead.

I appreciate your support and adoration.


Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Feb. 24, 2011 @ 9:39 am

I live and love San Francisco, I love the people, but I don't understand why people are confusing Morocco and the King with Egypt and dictators.

He's a good guy.

Posted by Sara on Feb. 23, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

"He's a good guy." How do you know? Do you guys hang out? How is a monarchy, where a king rules based on the fact that his daddy was a king, not a dictatorial form of rule? Where's the accountability (there is an elected parliament, but the king has the right to dissolve it and rule by decree when he sees fit)? Can you vote the "good guy" out of office? Enlighten me.

Just a few years ago the Committee to Protect Journalists cited Morocco (along with Tunisia, which had dictator, not a "good guy" like the king) for its increasing lack of press freedoms. The press cannot question the legitimacy of monarchical rule without facing legal sanction. Reporters who have reported on the "good" king's not-good actions in the annexed Western Sahara ( supported by reports from United Nation's human rights commissions ) have faced heavy fines and repression. People of the Western Sahara resisting the "good guy's" conquest have been treated abysmally. Morocco has also been used as a rendition site for U.S. terror suspects.

The U.S. Department of State's 2010 report on Morocco notes:
"An anti-terrorist law passed by parliament on May 27 very broadly defined terrorism as an act or acts intended to create fear and discord in society and threaten its safety. There were deaths in police custody. Impunity remained a problem. Authorities, at times, arbitrarily arrested and detained persons. Human rights groups did not believe that the Government disclosed all the information available about citizens who were abducted from the 1960s through the 1980s. At times, the authorities infringed on citizens' privacy rights. Prison conditions remained extremely poor. The judiciary lacked independence and was subject to government influence and corruption. Freedom of the press was restricted; journalists regularly practiced self-censorship, and seven journalists were sentenced to prison. The police violently dispersed several peaceful demonstrations during the year."

Hope that I haven't confused the "good guy" with "Egypt and its dictators."

Posted by Jack on Feb. 25, 2011 @ 11:05 am

I'm from city of al hociema and I just want to say I respect my king and will defend him at any cost. I have electricity water roads in the remote part of the country he helped every one during the earthquake things are not perfect, but people should remember we live in africa with no resources I think we doing ok.

Posted by Guest Omar on Feb. 23, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

Actually, I'm going to San Francisco in case they say something about Morocco to counterprotest the false info.

Posted by Sara on Feb. 23, 2011 @ 10:21 pm

i might be the only bahraini in the east bay and i am in,
hope to see you all there in supporting the entire middle east !

bring your friends in they believe in freedom !

Posted by bahraini on Feb. 23, 2011 @ 11:59 pm

i am responding to the Moroccan living in San Fransisco, really you are confused or you are playing dumb. Morocco is like other countries in the region, people want change, there is no freedom in Morocco of course on tv everybody talks about democracy, but is there really a democracy in Morocco i don't think so, i dare to go to Morocco and critisize the King.
Morocco is controlled by the royal familly and closed friends that's it. King needs to go let other people take charge it is time for change.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 24, 2011 @ 4:51 am

This gentleman is with the Western Sahara rebels and is NOT moroccan. He serves an agenda and posts anti moroccan comments all over the web.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 24, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

i can't agree more , the case is going to explode at anytime in Morocco .
PLease read this and try to send to others so people know what's really happening in Morocco:

Posted by Guest on Feb. 24, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

I'm moroccan, living in the capital Rabat, and i can assure you that we are very offended to see you talk about us and the protests in our coutry on the same level of the ones in lybia bahrein or yemen!
First you should know that in 2010 we had 9000 protest, that's 29 a day(a habit we enherited from french colonization..), we have 200 000 NGO in the country, free election, more than 40 parties from moderate islamists to communists and a professional army(meaning that the army does not play any role in the politics of the kingdom)! in total opposition to all the other ones!
the protests(i didn't participate like a vast majority of moroccans, coz i think that even if the claims are legitimate, the timing is not right, and can lead to this kind of confusion, were morocco is sitting next to libya on the media, witch is very insulting to me... but my brother and my father were there) were against corruption and mostely for social reforms! the demand for changes in the constitution were comming from communist and salafists(islamist extremists), but even them, had never questioned the king or or asked for a revolution!
Amnisty International, Human Right Watch and the EU, encouraged morocco on the way he delth with protests, for the non use of violence or any kind of repression! the protests were in the vast majority peaceful, in rabat after the protest people were cleaning the streets were the protests were held.
the troubles were never done by the protesters but by delinquants, that took the occasion to loot some shops and destroy some cars. but were very limited.
so please do not put us all in the same bag as the other countries, every contry is unique and we can not be treated as a whole!!!


Posted by Guest on Feb. 24, 2011 @ 5:20 am

THANK YOU FOR SUCH A CLEAR EXPLANATION. You represent my feelings exactly. Like any controversial topic, you will always find people on both sides of the argument and that's fine. However, I hope that the editor of this article and the readers will see that the predominant mass of Moroccans that are commenting here (and across the web) agree with your position. If you genuinely want to help Morocco and its people, here you have it from a large number of Moroccans, _please_ don't paint all of us with the same brush and remove our country from this article.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 24, 2011 @ 10:37 am

ahahaha most people commenting negatively about this article are from neighboring Algeria and ennemies of Morocco. To that person claiming "BG knows better that you" i say: Oh really? How about BG telling me whats happening in my own backyard? Give me a break. Those who call Mohammed VI a dictator, those who tag Morocco as same as Egypt or Tunisia are ignorants. Those went on the streets of Morocco this past Sunday represent 7% of the population. Get your facts straight before posting comments. Plenty of haters out there and followers. Anybody who did not make it is calling it bad. Everyone waited for Tunisia to start their revolution to follow. Keep in mind that Morocco has no oil or gas and its people live better than every single arab nation in the world. FYI: Those who organized the protests are
a) PJD: The islamist and extremist! political party which would put in jail anyone who actually seeks any sort of freedom thats outside their ideology
b) a bunch of thugs, unemployed losers who are not even trying to find jobs and have been protesting about everything from homosexual rights to legalizing drugs for the past 10 years

You dont know much of Morocco so be careful how you write your articles you might be causing defamation and misinforming your readers rather than applauding the moroccan government just as Human rights watch and Amnesty international did for not interefering with the protests and watching police officers handing bottles of watersetc... it was a peaceful protest. To those against the regime, speak with your name! Not the Moroccan people! do not chant "The Moroccan people ask for..." because we did not ask you to represent us! you represent 7%!

Posted by Guest on Feb. 24, 2011 @ 12:29 pm


Posted by Guest on Feb. 24, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

OH WAIT... ITS FUNNY THAT Morocco where pretty much nothing has happened or will happen is mentioned on this article and NOT Algeria where its a big mess ahahaha! Algeria that is rich in Oil and Gas where people are hungry and where cars and roads are of the 1960s. Think guys .... Think with me.... Why is Morocco up there and Algeria not? :)

Posted by Guest on Feb. 24, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

I will add SFBG in the corrupt newspapers list just as the Huffington Post etc... :) You will see how many readers you'll have 90 days from now :)

Posted by Guest on Feb. 24, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

Well  it sure seems like something is going down in Morocco, even if no one wants to call it a revolution:,28804,2045328_20453...


Posted by sarah on Feb. 24, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

Morocco is nowhere near the same as Tunisia, Egypt or Libya. The protests were not calling for a revolution but greater respect for democracy and human rights. No one but the POLISARIO is calling for the overthrow of the King. You really need to understand the Moroccan nation, which is a complex mix of Berbers and Arabs and in many ways has more in common with Spain than the rest of the Maghreb, before you can even begin to suggest that "something is going down" in Morocco.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Feb. 24, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

Sarah, seriously, that is very much a case of western media (similarly to SFBG) viewing the entire region as the same thing. The objective here is not to blame - things are what they are and we are trying to correct inaccurate assumptions about Morocco. Here is a page with YouTube videos across the country: People did protest in Morocco and that's great. There are things to fix, but these are protests, not revolts. People are *not* trying to overthrow the government - they want various social issues to be addressed. As you can notice from all these videos, at no time does the police ever oppress or attack the protesters. Contrast that with Algeria where the government routed all attempt of expressing dissent (

Side-note to other Moroccans posting comments: I know how frustrating it is for you to see us bucketed like this. Let's keep this thread civil. No need to get angry at SFBG - they are trying to help. The misconceptions are widespread, so let's just use this thread as a way to constructively remedy that.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 24, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

If they were trying to help they would investigate and be careful with what they write! This paper is reminding me of the Huffington Post which is always claiming it is sunny in Algeria and raining in Morocco while our infrastructure, tourism, development is around 5 times better than theirs, while they huge reserves of oil and gas and we dont, while they have been living with a curfew since the early 90s and we dont!!!! We are making it without natural resources and we all know how the Algerian DGRS has launched an attack on the moroccan image internationally bribing newspapers especially in the US and Europe to mess up our image. Go on youtube and facebook and you will see how many Algerians pretend to be moroccans talking sh*t about their country. They all get cought from the debate starts and their sentences become longer as they get angry and then disappear. Bahrain? Yemen? Lybia? seriously are you seriously including Morocco with those 3 countries where hundreds die every day?? Because last time i checked my mom was shopping downtown Rabat the cafes were busy and every was walking around and smiling just like they were a year ago on the same date. OMG im so angry right now im so tired of these papers, these ignorants!!!!!

Posted by Guest on Feb. 24, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

The point of this post was to explore what is going on in Libya and beyond. If, as a result reporters and readers alike learn more about the nuances of Morocco, great.

Posted by sarah on Feb. 24, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

Decent analysis but as always with seekers of exoticism and academic
explanations, we forget that humans are humans with the same
aspirations. At the end of the day Moroccans want the same for
themselves and their kids as anyone else. The King's title as
commander of the faithful carries no weight but in the exaggerated
orientalist (think Laurence of Arabia fantasies) imaginations of
pundits. Islam is clear on the centrality of equality of rights,
justice and on the danger of corruption and cronyism. The King will
have to get rid off the nepotistic mafias surrounding him led by the
Majidi and Elhimma clubs. We can try to explain things through
religion all we want but what we are facing now are the remnants of
dynamics dating back to colonialism and the cold war and that have
kept my wonderful Moroccan people hostage and elsewhere subjugated to
thugs and blackmailers who draw their power from the support of
foreign countries rather than their own people. It is shameful to the
fullest extent .
Fouad Ali Elhimma and Mounir Majidi are considered to be cancerous
cells by the majority of the Moroccan people , down to the street
level if you don't vote or support PAM , the Royal political party led
by Elhimma and orchestrated by the king , you are doomed , the tax
people or police will be at your door the very next day . So everybody
in the country that lives here knows about these bullying tactics ,
but with the embedded fear people don't to talk .
El himma has the greed light from the king to terrorize moroccan
people and especially any political opponent on his way. Do you call
this justice ? This kind of behavior has got to change immediately ,
Moroccan people are fed up with it . Did you know that you can be put
in jail with no evidence of wrong doing here in Morocco ? Police has a
supreme power that judges cannot argue in the court room , whatever
they write in their reports goes , no questions asked . Judges also
get phone calls from the royal inner circle to make a jugdement on a
Another side note in order for someone like myself to write these
basic critics , I have to hide my IP address , my location , my name ,
my picture ....because the minute they find me critizing the
government or the king and his inner circle , believe me I'd be done ,
I'd be put in jail for a make believe crime and silenced , your
property will be seized , your family will face the same outcome , not
only for me but for all the people that are around me , to set an
example that no one is allowed to criticize , freedom of speech , the
Moroccan way .
In these circumstances , I think only a very very few people can
openly talk , so not to jeopardize their well being , it is a tactic
that has been working but not for long , as the pressure can only
mount to a certain level , and that level has already surpassed .
TWe want Elhimma , Majidi and all the king's inner circle gone !and we
want the king to think that he has made enough money by now and should
stay out of business for a little while and think about the Moroccan
people and ease up their livelihood .and we also would like him to to
stay away from politics and abolish his party called PAM.
He has become the king of the rock , phosphate $500 a ton , the
biggest and richest exporter in the world , instead of the king of the
poor as his propaganda proclaimed.
Owns a casino in Macau ....
A mobile company
Latest conglomerate in Morocco , ONA
And the list goes on and on
For the last ten years, the Moroccan government has insisted that it
was “on the right track”—on the right track to where, it was never
specified, but one was led to believe that this was an ongoing process
of democratization. Still, there were some details in this story that
didn’t quite add up. Take, for instance, the fact that the earliest
crackdown on freedoms came just six months after King Mohammed’s
ascension to the throne, in December 2000, when a demonstration in
Rabat demanding the legalization of the Islamist group al-Adl
wal-Ihsan (Justice and Charity) was repressed. Take the fact that,
after ten long years, the literacy rate hovers a little above 50%, as
opposed to a little below it. Take the fact that 15% of Moroccans live
on under $2 per day. Take the fact that 70% of Moroccans think that
corruption levels have stagnated or increased. Take the fact that, in
the most recent United Nations Human Development Index, a composite
measure of health, literacy, and standard of living, Morocco ranked
130, behind Gabon, Fiji, and even the occupied Palestinian

Or take the fact that, between 1999 and 2009, the Moroccan government
arrested, charged, prosecuted, and sentenced nearly thirty journalists
including Ali Lmrabet of Demain; Aboubakr Jamaï, Ali Amar, and Fahd
Iraqi of Le Journal Hebdomadaire; Ahmed Reda Benchemsi and Karim
Boukhari of Tel Quel; Driss Chahtane, Mustapha Hirane, and Rachid
Mhamid of Al Mish’al; Driss Ksikes and Sanaa el-Aji of Nichane;
Abderrahim Ariri, and Mostapha Hormatallah of Al Watan al An; Rachid
Nini, Said Laajal, and Youssef Meskine of Al Massae; Taoufik
Bouachrine and Khalid Gueddar of Akhbar al-Youm; Ali Anouzla and
Bouchra Eddou of Al-jarida Al-Oula; Noureddine Miftah and Meriem
Moukrim of Al Ayam.

For now, the Moroccan government is allowing the protest to go
forward, though its proxies and allies are already hard at work,
calling the protestors a rag tag group of agitators with divergent and
unreasonable demands. But dismissing the February 20 movement because
its supporters have different personal agendas is no different than
signing on to the status quo in Morocco. And, for the sake of the
unemployed and the illiterate, for the sake of the poor, for the sake
of the victims of police abuse, for the sake of all those who have
been rendered in secret prisons: the status quo cannot go on.
please help us!!

Posted by Guest on Feb. 24, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

I don't think anyone on the thread so far has claimed that there aren't legitimate concerns and challenges. I also think that everyone on this thread would agree with you that times like this are a fabulous opportunity for progress. This is a great time to clean up Elhimma and Majidi - totally agree; no question about that.

The key point most Moroccans on this thread have been making is that we are a very different country from Libya, Bahrain and Yemen. In the same way that this is an opportunity to pressure our government to move forward, this is also an opportunity for people around the world to realize how different Morocco is. We don't need people in San Francisco comparing us to Libya - it's almost laughable to have that comparison from the perspective of anyone that has been in both countries. What we need is to hold our leaders accountable, not calling it an oppressive regime.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 24, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

"Elhimma and orchestrated by the king , you are doomed , the tax
people or police will be at your door the very next day" ahahahaha this is the funniest thing iv read since the beggining of this mess. The tax or Police would knock at peoples doors the very next day? really? then why didnt they knock at my grand fathers, dad, uncles, cousins, friends door? because none of them voted for PAM. This is hillarious. Also, the King is a King and he has money YES and wherever he wants to invest it is his RIGHT and none of my business or YOUR business! Those who did not make it and will not make it will always have things to say i wonder how much dirt i can pull off of you if i were to look. What are you people looking for exactly? We have no Oil no gas we have nothing and did you see how beautiful our country is? our highways? our infrastructure and what has been done in the past 10 years. This is beyond ridiculous im done reading your comments.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 24, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

Morocco is the worst of that countries, maintaining a brutal and illegal military occupation in Western Sahara, wich had been flooded with tens of thousands on Moroccan settlers (aspects similar to Israeli occupation in Palestine), maintaining a false image of "democracy" supported by France & Spain, the main countries doing bussiness there. The elections are made, but the percentages are not respected, because they're changed to fit the king's wishes. The King also made the unique decision on the prime minister and the 5 main ministeries. Through the ONA controls the majority of Morocco's economy, while, for example, the goods on Western Sahara are controlled and administered by the Moroccan generals.

Posted by Basiri on Feb. 27, 2011 @ 11:51 am

Lol at " what the king is doing with his money is not your business? ..HIS money seriously ,HIS money HIS LMAO , this money belongs to the moroccan people not to a ruling family but to an entire country..there is no diffence between mubarak. Ghadaffi and mohamed 6 they all never been elected to rule but they took power using forces, mohamed 6 is no different maybe he didn't rule as many years his counrty but realize that he is going to rule for at least the next 30 years and his family has ruled and robbed the country wealth for over 200 years so that make it actually worse than the 2 others this new roads and infrastructures is a pennie coming from his family banking account.

Posted by xoxo on Mar. 13, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

Moroccans are less educated and no real interest in the eyes of the west because no oil or gas so that's the difference with libya or algeria..

Posted by sam on Mar. 13, 2011 @ 5:59 pm