A Look at the Other Morocco: From Protests Against Austerity to Occupation of Western Sahara

A Press Article by Miriyam Aouragh, published by Democracy Now

Miriyam Aouragh speaks with Democracy now about Protests Against Austerity and the Occupation of Western Sahara.

Synopsis

Late last month, thousands of people took to the streets of Marrakech, Morocco, to protest after a fish seller was crushed to death in a garbage truck trying to retrieve fish confiscated by police. Video circulating online appears to show Mouhcine Fikri jumping into the back of the truck to rescue his swordfish, before being crushed to death by its compactor. The protests in Morocco were called by activists from the February 20 movement, which organized demonstrations during the Arab unrest of 2011. Fikri’s death drew parallels to that of Tunisian fruit seller Mohamed Bouazizi in 2010, whose death sparked the Arab Spring uprisings. Democracy Now speaks with Miriyam Aouragh, a Dutch-Moroccan anthropologist and democracy activist based in Britain and lecturer at the University of Westminster in London.

Miriyam Aouragh

About

Dr. Miriyam Aouragh is Leverhulme fellow at Communication And Media Research Institute. She grew up in Amsterdam as a second generation Moroccan and has a background in cultural anthropology/non-Western sociology (Vrije Universiteit Amsterrdam).

For her PhD (University of Amsterdam) she studied the implications of the internet as it was first (Web 1.0) introduced in Palestine and in particular the significance of this techno-evolution coinciding with the outbreak of the Second Intifada. She was awarded a Rubicon grant in 2009 and began postdoc research at the Oxford Internet Institute where she focused on the political role of Web 2.0 for grassroots activists.

Her research interests and areas of expertise include: digital imperialism; cyber warfare; social media; activism; Arab uprisings; MENA (Palestine/Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco, Syria, Bahrain, Egypt).

Details

Date
22nd November 2016
Published By
Democracy Now
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