The Tamazight Teachers Association of Tizi-Uzzu issued the following press release on February 28th to announce that it will be holding a full day protest on March 3, 2008 in front of the Tizi-Uzzu Board of Education offices. The Tamazight Teachers association states that it is tired of the practices of the Board that consisted so far of ignoring all of the problems that the Tamazight teachers are confronted with. Even the directives of the Ministry of education are arbitrarily ignored. Back in January it was the Tamazight teachers association of Bgayet that organized a protest to call for the reintegration of Education Inspector Yahia Belli.
Depuis sa création, l’Association des enseignants de Tamazight de la wilaya de Tizi-Ouzou a toujours privilégié le dialogue et la concertation avec la tutelle. Dans ce cadre, après différentes réunions de travail au niveau du Ministère de l’Education Nationale plusieurs acquis ont été arrachés, notamment :
Once more in a part of Morocco that may be labeled as worthless, freedom of expression and demonstration are paid at the price of fallacious charges and unacceptable sentences. Ten Amazigh activists were arrested and sentenced Thursday February 21, 2008 by the court of Morocco to a total of 34 years in prison. These ruthless sentences were handed down following the widespread protest that became known as “Tagrest Taberrkant” (the “Black Winter") of Bumal-n-Dades and of the demonstrations of Warzazat. Here is the verdict rendered by the Makhzenian justice!
The Amazigh new year was celebrated on the 19th of January, 2008 at the Cambridge YWCA. The attendance was fair (about 65 participants). A rich program was presented by the local Morrocan community that I would like to thank for its commitment. Credit is due to Mustapha Mahfoudi and Addi Ouadderrou who prepared the program for the evening.
ACAA held Yennayer celebrations in Chicago, Boston and Somerset, NJ. All three locations have been relatively well attended. Members and their friends joined together in this yearly important cultural event that is designed to allow people to share food and their hopes for a prosperous new year. Yennayer is a tradition that goes far back in time, the proof of that is the date itself. January 12 corresponds to the eve of the Julian new year.
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