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Five men set themselves on fire in the capital city of Morocco, Rabat, in protest at the lack of employment in the country, especially for university graduates.
ArabNews reports that the men were part of a group called 'Unemployed Graduates' and that the incident, which took place on Jan 18, was part of a wider protest with demonstrations taking place across the country. Of the five men, three were taken to hospital, two of whom had second degree burns; the other two men had their clothing burnt but did not suffer injuries.
Originally posted by purplemer
Wow the protest movement seems to be igniting world wide. The Arab spring, 200 occupy occuptations worldwide, Russia and now Africa too...
RABAT, MOROCCO - About 70 jobless Moroccans threatened to commit “collective suicide” on Friday by trying to march into phosphate quarries riddled with explosives unless they were employed by state phosphate monopoly OCP, local officials said.
Originally posted by xuenchen
Do these people get welfare benefits now ?
At least there 5 less on the unemplyment rosters now.
Who can confirm this anyway ?
What kind of healthcare coverage do they have ?
Do their benefits cover self-inflicted injuries.
Why did it take two whole days to make the news if is so damn important ???????
edit on Jan-20-2012 by xuenchen because: (no reason given)
On Wednesday, five young men self-immolated in Morocco, adding to the grim tally for a month in which others have set themselves on fire in Tunisia, Jordan and Bahrain