Jan 21 2012
Observers.france2 For the past two weeks, nearly 200 members of the unemployed graduates movement have camped out in front of the Ministry of Education in the Moroccan capital Rabat. Some of these protesters threatened to set themselves on fire if they were not immediately given jobs in the public sector. After a clash with police Wednesday, several young men carried out this threat.
The movement is comprised of young people who have completed higher education but now find themselves jobless. According to the latest official figures, more than one third of Moroccos young people are unemployed.
In July 2011, after a sit-in that lasted several days, unemployed graduates in Rabat secured an agreement promising they would be recruited by the public sector this year. Or so they thought they later discovered that the recruitment would be limited only to those who graduated in 2010. So two weeks ago, 180 of the activists formed the senior management group excluded from the July 20 agreement.
The groups leader, Mahmoud Houas, had already indicated that things could take a turn for the worse if the authorities did not resolve the situation quickly, and he even hinted at the possibility of collective suicide.