Why has Morocco Been Witnessing Protests Since 2011?

Unlike other countries that experienced violence and instability during the wave of the Arab uprisings, Morocco has achieved relative stability. However, deteriorating economic conditions, the democratic demands of the youth and ethnic discrimination have contributed to widespread dissatisfaction among Moroccans against their long-standing regime.

The Arab uprisings, which began in 2010, brought serious challenges to almost all countries in the Middle East. Morocco is not an exception. The country has continuously witnessed widespread protests during the past seven years. With the momentum of region-wide unrest, the first wave of protests in Morocco took place in 2011. In this case, Mohammed VI was quick to control the situation with various reforms that he introduced. However, in the following years, poor economic conditions and the increase of democratic demands in the country caused further dissatisfaction within Morocco's youth.


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