The following is from another friend of mine, in response to Note from my friend: Why I don’t support the #Feb20
I am angry! I am angry because there are many Moroccans like you. They are not necessarily bad or ill-intentioned. They don’t benefit from the status quo. They are not sleeping with the Makhzen, and yet, They are still all about themselves. The feb20 doesn’t represent me either. I could argue with them about their contestation strategies and tactical choices, but I agree with their premise, and I share their overall democratic aspiration. Thus, I fully support them. I am not one of those who didn’t have access to education. I am not one of those who didn’t have a job. I am not one of those who struggled to get healthcare. I am not one of those who were ever jailed when they dared to speak up. But I was fully immersed in the system. I knew it in and out, and as much as I hated the system, I was afraid to end up hating my country, hating people, hating myself. Before the system broke me, I packed my stuff and slammed the door. You can have your Makhzen, your chaos, your slums, your corrupt system. You can have your street children, you can have your f-ed up Moudawana, you can have your medieval regime, you can have your thieves, you can have my job…you can have it all. I had lost hope.
The Feb20 taught me one lesson: it’s not about me. It’s about the system and its victims. The system has created illiteracy; the system has created street children. The system has created corruption. The system has discriminated against women. The system has encouraged extremism. I thought I left on my own, but the system was also the one who kicked me out. The Feb20 is a voice shouting out loud: Enough with this system. I don’t expect solutions from them. But I expect all Moroccans to answer to their call for democratic change. As Hilana Rizki rightly said: “Just do something.” Don’t just sit there and rant. Don’t just sit there and oppose, propose if you can! What is your solution? I dare you not to tell me that we need time…that we are engaged in a decade long reform process. The game was rigged from the beginning! You say you love the King and his wife, and why not? But what’s love’s got to do with it? And for the sake of objectivity, don’t tell me that your reason for loving him is “obscure!” Not at all, it’s not that obscure: You have just been watching TVM and listening to Alaoui since you were born.
You speak of improved indicators during the last decade. You either live in a bubble, or in a hopeless state of dissonance. Check Morocco’s human development indicators and our economic performance these last few years. Look at what happened to freedom of the press. You believe that we live in a better decade? To some extent we do… The Internet and social media decade! Facebook became our school! Google is our best teacher! Have you heard the feb20 youth speaking? Only this era’s interconnected culture is able to produce such talented global citizens.
You say you won’t walk with Al Adl wa Al Ihsanne? I despise them more than you do. But I won’t let them take the streets from me. I will walk with them, in front of them, behind them. I will raise my voice for change. I will be there too, even if I have to step on their toes. But I am fed up of letting the Makhzen step on those toes on my behalf. The Makhzen played this game for way too long. In fact, I have never been more optimistic that Al Adl Wa Al Ihsanne is coming out weaker from these protests. They too are criticized for their backwardness. But I agree with you the obscurantism where Moroccans were kept all these decades, can play some bad tricks. Unless, you and me, the seculars, face our monsters, we won’t know how many seculars there are until we all come out of our closets, and fulfill our role of spreading our message. That same Feb20 voice is a secular one.
You want a Feb20 leader? The Feb20 are not so arrogant to claim any leaders or leadership. They will not propose a constitution: but they proposed a form of government: a parliamentary monarchy. To achieve it, they want a constitution drafted by a representative body.
The Feb20 is a voice with the utmost freedom to speak and march peacefully. If you wish, listen to their slogans, and pick what you want. I fully adhere to their main demand for a democratic country because I want Morocco’s future governments to be held accountable. No more blank checks. No more corruption. Moroccans deserve dignity. We deserve guaranteed freedoms, we deserve democracy.