Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- Moroccans, especially the youth generation, decided to move one step further in their boycott movement, moving this time to what they call “Step 3 of the Boycott Movement,” one against Moroccan telecom operators that kicked off after the blocking of the Voice over IP (VoIP) technology in the kingdom a couple of months ago.
This time, the plan is to not pay Internet, mobile and landline phone subscriptions starting from the end of the month of March. Part of the plan is not to buy prepaid refill cards as well.
Both previous steps of the boycott were pretty successful, even though the telecom operators still persist in blocking VoIP.
In the first step of the boycott, Moroccans decided to shut down their phones during a weekend to force telecom operators to lose money and revert the block decision.
In the second step, which took place one month after the initial one, Moroccans started unliking the official Facebook pages of Morocco’s Internet Service Providers. Back-then, and just in less than 24 hours, Maroc Telecom lost more than 123,380 followers. Inwi lost 101,062 ones, while Meditel lost 94282 ones. Maroc Telecom has been accused in the post-gaze of buying fake likes to compensate for the loss.
Moroccan social media activist Amine Raghib, well known for his popular and successful online educational show “Moudawanat Al Mouhtarif,” asked his Facebook followers “whether it was smarter this time to pick only one telecom operator and focus all efforts on bringing it on its knees.”
While the majority of his fans suggested boycotting Maroc Telecom, as it owns Morocco’s landline and Internet infrastructure, others called on boycotting Meditel, stressing that “Meditel is close to bankruptcy, meaning it would be easier for us to destroy it.
“If we make it bankrupt, it will be a Psychological boost for us, and we could take easily on the remaining ones,” on comment on Amine’s post on his Facebook page read.
The social media move can be described as an unprecedented one in the Moroccan kingdom–arguably in the world as well- in an unparalleled wave of discontent which saw a myriad of well-known Moroccan social medial influencers and political personalities fully subscribe to the initiative.
The Moroccan Times.