Engineers' Protest in Morocco Violently Repressed

Published May 13th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Security forces used strong-arm tactics Friday to disperse a protest by several hundred Moroccan engineers in front of the country's finance and agriculture ministry, an AFP journalist at the scene reported. 

According to a statement from the national engineers' commission, "these reprisals are a new illustration of hostility and of the government's determination to oppose" Morocco's independent unions. 

The crackdown also offered "additional proof of the hypocritical vacuity of (the government's) proclaimed 'social dialogue,'" the statement added. 

Two people were rushed to hospital after the clashes, the statement said. 

Security forces also broke up a protest Thursday of around 50 people demonstrating in front of the Tunisian embassy in Rabat against alleged state brutality in Tunisia – RABAT (AFP) 

 

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