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    More than 6000 Moroccan teachers stage a hunger strike


    More than 6000 Moroccan teachers stage a hunger strike

    More than 6000 Moroccan teachers are staging a hunger strike to protest against their exclusion from their legitimate right of promotion and to demand integration in the suitable grades based on their M.A and B.A degrees. The striking teachers’ feeling of oppression and exclusion springs from the fact that the Moroccan government promoted all teachers holding M.A and B.A degrees and excluded, without any convincing excuse, the groups of 2012 and 2013 holding the same degrees.
    The hunger strike represents an escalation of strike after leaving schools and hundreds of thousands of students more than 40 days ago and taking to the streets in daily on-going protests and sits-in. Some striking teachers, in their statement on Facebook, stated that they would hang themselves to death if the government continued to deprive them of their legitimate rights and turn a deaf ear to their demands.
    The Moroccan government continues to use aggressive and unconstitutional police tactics to intimidate teachers from demanding their rights. The Moroccan public forces have sent tens of teachers to hospital and arrested nearly 40 of them in their different violent and brutal attacks starting from the beginning of the strike on November 19th. The ministry of education, instead of engaging in a serious dialogue, declared that they started replacing the striking teachers and would lay them off if they did not go back to their classrooms

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