Ilhem Rachidi

After Miners' Deaths, Protests Rage in Morocco

On December 22, two brothers, Houcine, 23, and Jedouane Dioui, 30, died in a flooded coal mine shaft in Jerada, a former mining town in the northeast of Morocco. After their deaths, protests erupted, with the inhabitants asking for an economic alternative to develop the region, which is witnessing a high unemployment rate among the youth and where job opportunities are scarce. Prior to the accident, residents had been demonstrating to voice their anger at high electricity and water rates.

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