MOROCCO: Police injure civil servants

More than 100 unemployed civil service graduates in Morocco who were demonstrating peacefully against lack of work were injured when police used force to break up their march to the education ministry in the capital Rabat, said Libération, published in Casablanca.

The newspaper reported that 120 people were wounded, 90 of whom required urgent hospitalisation, with injuries including cranial trauma, fractured jaws, internal ear lacerations, lost teeth, and broken and sprained limbs.

The demonstrators were protesting against the competitive examinations for civil service jobs which they claimed were marked by "flagrant irregularities", and calling on the authorities to act to find a global and definitive solution for the provision of posts for unemployed senior grade officials. JM

Full report (in French) on the Le Phare site
Full report (in French) on the Libération site