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    Posted December 25, 2013 by
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    Striking Teachers attacked by Police in Morocco

    Striking teachers in Morocco have faced violent repression from secutiry forces. The teachers, protesting in the capital, Rabat, carried banners showing the faces of their colleagues who had been severely beaten by the police while exercising their right to demonstrate. Teachers have been protesting, sitting in and striking over the last four weeks.
    One primary school teacher said, "We are suffering terribly. We have been beaten. We have been injured. We have been ignored. We have been treated callously, cruelly and savagely." Another teachers said, "This bloodshed is a sign that teachers have no slightest value in this country.” Many teachers had to be taken to hospital.
    The teachers are fighting for their right to be promoted once they have got their degrees, which has been taken away from them. They say they are being threatened and bullied by the authorities as well as security forces. They are supported by some of the teaching unions and human rights groups. Many parents say they blame the government not the teachers for the fact that their children are missing out on weeks of education while their teachers take strike action.
    One teacher summed up the feelings of the striking teachers:

    Beating teachers in public would add insult to injury. How would teachers face their students after they rejoin their classes, given that their pictures fainting, wounded or bleeding circulate on Facebook from student to another? How would they inspire their students with values of citizenship, leadership, engagement and commitment while the broken arm, the bruised eye or the injured leg still hurts? How would they motivate their students for better achievements while they need motivation themselves after their humiliation in Rabat?

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