Moroccan Marxist group’s statement against Ramadan curfew

Following is a translation of a statement concerning the Moroccan state’s Ramadan curfew from the left-wing party al-Nahj al-Diyymuqrāṭi (‘the Democratic Path’). Ramadan evenings are typically spent visiting family and friends – a time of greater sociability, this year denied. 

The statement was published on 11 April; the Democratic Path is the lineal descendant of the famous To The Front formation.

The government’s decision to impose a nightly curfew between 8pm to 6am through the month of Ramadan, plus closing all shops, cafés, restaurants, and so on, is well known.  

This decision comes in a context marked by the worsening of the economic and social crisis, and the perilous effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the living conditions of the working class and wider popular masses (namely, increased poverty and unemployment) and the regime’s inability to alleviate those consequences – instead forcing the workers and other sections of the labouring classes to shoulder the burden. [1]

Source: annahjaddimocrati.org

Therefore, the National Bureau – 

  1. Expresses its surprise at this unjustified decision, particularly since the pandemic situation is stable according to official data itself, and since cafés, restaurants and shops continued to operate as normal in the daytime throughout the quarantine. 
  2. Considers this decision a serious blow to the daily lives of millions of workers and labourers in the [affected] sectors, particularly through the month of Ramadan, and that it runs counter to the opening of supermarkets in the daytime. [2] 
  3. Considers this decision as aiming to control citizens’ very lives through prohibiting them from leaving their homes after Iftar [i.e., evening meal] for leisure and relaxation, and an attempt to minimise the nighttime protests organised throughout the month. [3]
  4. We express our opposition to this decision and demand that the government annuls it, whilst agreeing with [مع التأكيد] the continuation of the precautionary measures in place. 

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[1] More literally, ‘to find an alternative to lighten those repercussions’. 

[2] As with other high festivities, and notwithstanding the month’s ascetic variation, the celebration of Ramadan can involve a great deal of shopping. 

[3] E.g. the tenacious nighttime protests in al-Hoceima throughout the Ramadan of 2017. 

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