For months, Students have been taking to the streets around the country in protest, wearing black to symbolize death. But they are not out there alone. These days, medical students are more likely found in the streets than in the classroom


In a dramatic protest of the privatization of health care in Morocco, not one student took the Moroccan medical examinations on June 10, according to the National Commission for Medical Students. When the students did not show up, their parents did, in a demonstration of solidarity with their children.

The dissatisfaction growing among doctors has culminated in widespread protests, strikes and the resignation of more than 1,000 doctors across the nation.

The demonstrations among students and doctors further threaten health care in Morocco, which has survival rates high enough to avoid the scrutiny of international organizations but observers say is disorganized and under-resourced on the ground.

The students have been peacefully protesting to protect public universities that are in perpetual competition with their better-funded, private counterparts, according to documents from the People's Health Movement and the World Social Forum on Health and Social Security.

The doctors are protesting low wages -- around $850 a month upon entry -- and the quality of the hospitals where they are assigned to work, many of which lack medical supplies, have a shortage of staff and are located in areas without schools for their children and work for their spouses.

A few of the protests have ended in violence, with police using water cannons and dogs to disperse the protesters, according to documents.

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