Twenty-five teachers out of 100 remained in detention at the hands of the Moroccan authorities, which arrested them for participating in protests demanding their appointment in government jobs.
The teachers organised peaceful protests on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, demanding their employment in the public sector in the capital, Rabat. The Moroccan authorities responded by dispersing the protesting teachers and arresting 100 of them, most of whom were released later.
In response to the continued detention of 25 teachers; teachers announced holding a strike from Monday to Thursday, in protest against the arrest of their colleagues.
According to a statement by the Coordination of Teachers Forced to Contract, the strike came in protest against the “violence and repression” in Rabat, the arrest and the serious injury of some of them during the dispersal of their protests.
The statement added that a number of vigils and protest in cities and before the first instance courts in Morocco at the same time of the strike.
Meanwhile, the Moroccan authorities consider such demonstrations a violation of the Health Emergency Law, enforced in early 2020 due to the spread of the Coronavirus.
Teachers who work on temporary contracts have been on strike for several years, refusing to work on the contract system, which causes them several legal and administrative problems.
It is worth noting that the number of contract teachers in Morocco is more than 100,000, according to media reports.