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Moroccans Protest Against Muslim Brotherhood Government

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On September 27, 2013 @ 12:08 pm In The Point | 6 Comments

The Islamist takeover may have been most visible in Egypt, but it actually took hold in a number of countries. Morocco, which still has a king, saw a win by the Muslim Brotherhood.

But just like Egypt and Tunisia, Islamist rule isn’t proving to be too popular.

Up to 5,000 people protested in the Moroccan capital Sunday against the Islamist government and the high cost of living after price rises of staple goods, a journalist said.

Some protesters brandished placards bearing a “thumbs down” symbol.

“We’re protesting because of high prices of milk, meat and now petrol,” 48-year-old Hassan Marrakchi said. “And there’s no work. We don’t want Benkirane — he’s done nothing.”

The government is scrambling to limit the impact of oil price fluctuations on Morocco’s ailing public finances, with fuel subsidies weighing heavily on the budget of the North African country, which imports almost all its energy needs.

Under the controversial indexation system, the price of diesel surged 8.4 percent to 0.79 euros per litre, while petrol hit 1.14 euros a litre, a rise of 4.8 percent, a government official confirmed.

The move increased the pressure on many ordinary Moroccans already struggling to make a living.

Economic discontent helped take down Mubarak and Morsi. It may take down Benkirane as well.


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