“Immediately after his fall, he was transferred to an ambulance mobilized near the ministry throughout this sit-in” and “died on the way to the hospital,” said the ministry in a statement. “An investigation has been opened by the competent authorities,” he said, expressing “his profound sadness and regret for this tragic incident”. Since the end of September, members of the “National Coordination of Visually Impaired Graduates” threatened to throw themselves off the roof of the ministerial building if their demands were not heard. Unemployed graduates frequently demonstrate on the streets of Rabat to demand their integration into the public service, a guarantee of job security.
In 2012, an unemployed Moroccan youth lost their lives after attempting to set themselves on fire, arousing anger and indignation among unemployed graduates. In March 2017, a dozen visually impaired people tried to immolate themselves by fire in Marrakech (south). Unemployment affects more than four out of ten urban youth in Morocco, a problem at the center of social concerns that feeds frustration and popular discontent. The unemployment rate of people with disabilities is 47.65% – four times more than average – in a country that has 2.3 million according to an official study published in 2016.