Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- Cafes and restaurants across Morocco look set to close their doors as owners announce a national strike in protest of the mayor of Rabat’s decision to increase the temporary occupancy fee of public spaces.
The strike, which is expected to last for 24 hours, with the possibility of an extension, aims to demonstrate dissatisfaction with the decision to raise the fee up to 520 Moroccan dirhams per square meter in the neighborhoods of Agdal and Souissi.
The National Association of Cafe and Restaurant Owners (ANPCR) will determine the exact date of the strike in the upcoming days.
Cafes and restaurants that are members of the ANPCR, in various other cities, will join the protest as a sign of solidarity.
The ANPCR president, Nouredine El Harrak, told news outlet Le360 that “the municipal council of Rabat has taken a fiscal decision to increase the temporary occupancy fee from 50 to 520 dirhams, representing an increase of 600 to 700 percent.”
The Moroccan Times.