Protests have erupted in Morocco amid the continuously soaring food prices.
Moroccan trade union activists gathered in Rabat to protest against the worsening economic conditions in the country. The demonstration aimed to address the issues of declining purchasing power, soaring inflation, and high food prices.
The unions put forward several demands, including a cap on fuel prices, a reduction in taxes on essential goods, and a decrease in income tax to support the citizens’ purchasing power.
Adra Idrissi, the vice-president of the National Labour Union of Morocco, emphasized that the protest aimed to defend the eroding purchasing power of every citizen, employee, and civil servant.
The demonstration coincided with May Day celebrations at the UNTM, where the focus was on protecting the rights and interests of the working class.
Abdelali Hamieddine, a member of the General Secretariat of the Justice and Development Party, highlighted the need for social justice, freedom, and a reorganization of the socio-economic conditions in Morocco. He emphasized the seriousness of the situation faced by the country.
Official statistics revealed that inflation in Morocco reached 8.2% in March, with food prices witnessing a significant increase of 16.1%. The agricultural sector, which plays a crucial role in the Moroccan economy, is also experiencing a chronic rainfall deficit, further exacerbating the strain on food prices.