Demonstrations erupted in several cities in Morocco, on Sunday, against the imposition of the health passport for the anti-Coronavirus vaccine, as a condition for movement, travel and entry to public places, the Associated Press reported.
Since last October 21, the “vaccination passport” has become mandatory as an official document for entering workplaces, public places and restaurants, and for domestic and international air travel.
But a “vociferous minority opposes the sudden decision” to adopt the vaccination permit, and hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets in the capital, Rabat, for the second time in a week to express their opposition to the regime, according to the Associated Press.
Vaccination is not considered compulsory in Morocco, but according to the new measure, the passport will be used for employees and employees to enter public, semi-public and private administrations, as well as to enter hotel and tourist establishments, restaurants, cafes, closed spaces, shops, sports halls and bathrooms.
The demonstrators objected, calling for freedom in deciding whether to obtain the vaccine, while the government called on people without vaccinations to “accelerate taking their first, second and third doses for those who have been vaccinated for more than six months.”
Some protesters tried to break through a police cordon, and the officers responded by dispersing the crowd. Pictures from the protest showed police arresting some protesters, some of whom were injured.
Several hundred people also joined a similar protest in Casablanca, the country’s economic hub. Demonstrators in other cities such as Tangiers in the north and Agadir in the south staged similar protests.
The vaccination rate in the Kingdom, located in North Africa, reached more than 58 percent of its population
So far, more than 23 million people have been vaccinated with the first dose, and more than 21 million have been vaccinated with the second dose of the Kingdom’s 36 million people, while Morocco aims to vaccinate 80 percent of them.
Moroccan Health Minister Khaled Ait Taleb had commented on the controversy in Morocco over the imposition of the health passport, saying that “it is not a means to restrict people but to maintain safety and avoid epidemiological hotspots.”
Last week, the Moroccan government extended the state of health emergency until November 30, “to combat the outbreak of the Corona virus.”