Does anyone have any information regarding current safety situation for travellers in Morocco, the govt advice website hasn't made any changes the overal rating but there have been riots in Marrakech and protests in Rabat?
I am flying out on Sat 26th March and was planning to go to Agadir Essaouria, Marrakech, Fez, Chefcaouen, Rabat and Casablanca.
Any advice would be much appreciated
the protests are related to Morocco's occupation/sovereignty over the Western Sahara. There have been small but continuous and somewhat violent protests in Western Sahara towns such as El Aaiun, Boujdour and Dakhla. There are government (and traveller) warnings about travelling to the Western Sahara that cover this.
Amnesty International says 120 protesters were rounded-up last week and protesters at a sit-in at the main square were beaten by police.
The protests planned for this weekend (19/20) don't seem as though they'll be very big. They're expecting 1000 to take part.
My understanding is this is a regional issue and not a widespread rebellion in the style of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. The King has already agreed to make reforms and increase political freedom, in the hope of avoiding bloodshed. But keep an eye on the news, and avoid all public gatherings in Morocco. about 7 years ago
OK. I'm going to revise my answer to you Kylie, because clearly the predictions that only 1000 would protest were WAY OFF - 10,000 turned up across Morocco.
It's now clear the protests were called for by the #Feb20 movement (they're on Facebook and Twitter) a movement of young Moroccans demanding greater reform and freedom than the concessions the king has already agreed to.
Sunday's protests in Rabat, Casablanca, Marakesh and other places passed without any major incident.
The violence you referred to was in Casablanca on March 14 when police raided the offices of the Feb20 movement (The government seems worried that they're from the socialist left).
It certainly was not at the level of Tahrir Square, but worth keeping an eye on, and of course avoid all public gatherings.
Phil almost 8 years ago