Thousands of people have demonstrated against the government’s policies in the Moroccan capital of Rabat. In the biggest protests in months, they demanded lower prices.

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Morocco against rising prices and government policies. “The people want lower prices. The people want to eliminate arbitrariness and corruption,” cried the estimated 3,000 demonstrators in the capital, Rabat. The police spoke of 1,200 to 1,500 demonstrators. It was the biggest protest in Morocco in months.

“We came to protest against a government that represents the link between money and power,” said Younès Ferachine of the Moroccan Social Front (FSM). The coalition of parties and left-wing unions had organized the rally. People from all over the country responded to her call.

Morocco has still not recovered from the economic consequences of the corona pandemic, and there is also high inflation. In October, consumer prices were 7.1 percent higher than a year earlier, mainly due to rising food prices. According to a government report, the poverty rate is now back to where it was in 2014.

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