I have an aversion for people who use those hyped services. I also have have little sympathy for plagiarizers and other crooks, but this story got to me really bad.
Why? Because it’s the first case ever of a person jailed for creating a fake Facebook profile. The lad is a 26 years old engineer from Casablanca who created a profile for the prince Rachid, brother of Mohamed VI - king of Morocco. He was abducted from him home by officers in plainclothes, taken to a police station where he was beaten and tortured till he lost consciousness several times. Then to have an expeditive trial where he was sentenced to 3 years of prison plus a fine.
Now I know, the guy usurped an identity and he deserves to be smacked for it. But anything beyond getting dragged in courts and a symbolic dirham is simply unacceptable.
I am ashamed of my country, the image it’s having in the world, and for the first time, am reconsidering my plans to go back home once I finish my studies here. I’m not fond of Sweden what with all the cold, weird food and Big Brother, but I wouldn’t mind relocating to central or southern Europe. I have always believed that I might positively contribute to achieving a democratic Morocco where freedoms and the judicial are in par with…well, at least Algeria or Mauritania. People are mad, but everyone I contact gives me a fatalist line. Shit, if that happened anywhere else, people would spontaneously create thousands of Facebook profiles of the prince, his mother, his sister and every last one of them. Or at least, take it to the streets. What did they do? A few bloggers (most of them hosted abroad) have suspended their activity, as if it did anyone any good.
This is a reality check from the monarchy for anyone who was pushing for progress in Morocco. Every good intention I had is now to be reevaluated. You may recall that we had elections a couple of months ago, and that voter turnout was the lowest in the history of the country. Less than 35% people showed up. People aren’t even trying anymore. It’s really pathetic.
There is no hope to change the system “from within”; that much I know. So, I’m asking this in all seriousness; what would you do in my place? I’m an idealist but my survival instinct starts kicking in. I know many brilliant people who left the country for whatever reason, but I was always predominantly optimistic. Now…well, not so much.
P.S: Yeah, I know, I vowed to never start threads on this forum, but I hope you can have the class to overlook that.