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Hamza Mahfoud leading #Feb20 figure: “Reasons behind our #Jul1 boycott”

Hamza Mahfoud a leading figure of the Feb20 youth movement in Morocco explains the movement’s reasons and arguments behind the decision to boycott the constitutional referendum. Speaking in Darija (Moroccan dialect), he argues that if the constitutional project had offered a parliamentary monarchy, he would have personally called to vote Yes on it. However, he feels that the current project is not a democratic step forward. He provides the example of healthcare and says that the previous constitution guaranteed healthcare coverage to Moroccans, however the current constitutional project doesn’t. He adds that the same goes for the right to education.  He refutes the idea that ‘Moroccans are not ready for democracy’ and he insists that Moroccan people are conscious and ready for democracy and for a life in dignity. He rejects the idea of transitional democracy and he says that Moroccans are ready for their freedoms and their right for self determination. He comments on the link made between the call for yes and the Sahara issue, and states that Moroccans who took to the streets to protest for democracy are ready to fight for their country and for the Sahara with their blood. He deplores media propaganda and the use of “shmakria” (a word that describes thugs). He reports that such thugs were paid by the government to harass the feb20 youth, and that the thugs were shamelessly transported by bus to attack pro-democracy activists. He reveals that the Feb20 youth are consistently exposed to death threats and daily harassment. He concludes by reiterating the Feb20 youth movement line: “mamfakinch.” He further  insists: “Moroccans deserve better. We will not give up. We will fight for democracy and the independence of the judiciary and the media….  We are ready to sacrifice for our country and for our people.”

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5 thoughts on “Hamza Mahfoud leading #Feb20 figure: “Reasons behind our #Jul1 boycott”

  1. I have to say, thank you to the mouvement 20 Fevrier. Thank you for being a that spark, the catalyst that WILL change things in our beloved country. Without you, Moroccans would be sleeping through the “Arab spring”.

    With that said, by boycotting this referendum you have decided to exclude yourself from the future of Morocco, it is a coward position you decided to embrace. You have resolved to accepting the status quo and even allowing others to steer the country regardless of your position on political issues.

    If you don’t vote, don’t come crying later! You can vote “YES” or you can vote “NO”.

    One of the big problems we have in Morocco is the lack of voters, people do not care enough to go vote. By boycotting this referendum you are only showing how much you care.

    Posted by Moroccan in U.S. | June 30, 2011, 4:40 pm
  2. The feb20 represents the voice of democracy. You have all the right to disagree with their stance. But as the momken video shows let’s all respect people’s choice to vote or abstain according to what they feel is right for them. That’s democracy after all! Welcome to another Moroccan in US, and come back often to voice your opinions and more so share your thoughts about how we can make our country a better place. Thank you for connecting with us!

    Posted by M4C | July 1, 2011, 1:52 am
  3. This guy is not as “bad” as I thought hi might be when some officials describe the members of his 20FEB movement. Well, there is a real misunderstanding between all the people working FOR morocco. The guy is right and it’s true that political promises, having proved their failure in the past should be closely accompanied by the pressure of such movement, provided that these movements remain peaceful and constructive. The poliltique has evolved and it is not unhealthy at all today to maintain tolerance policy vis-à-vis 20FEB mvt who’s able to remind many that we are at work and at their posts not at their shops.

    Posted by hasan | August 7, 2011, 3:54 am
  4. Great point Hasan!

    Posted by M4C | August 17, 2011, 2:52 am
  5. Thanks Hasan. Great post

    Posted by Amine Alami | January 13, 2015, 6:14 pm

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