People in Morocco are also showing respect for what the government and security forces, which are monitoring the implementation of measures during this public health emergency, are doing. In this way – and after all the negative developments and notes of discord that have weighed on the relationship between the people and those that represent the power of state during the period following the "Moroccan Spring" when democratic rights were pushed back – they are starting a new chapter.

In the present situation, the image of authority portrayed by servants of the state is unfamiliar because it is light years away from the one that is traditionally associated with them, namely one of violence and oppression. The Moroccan Minister of the Interior has readily accepted that there have been isolated exceptions to this rule (for example, one civil servant slapped a citizen in the face) and declared that such transgressions are the result of stress and overwork.

Special fund to cushion the impact of the crisis

The government is also doing its best to cushion the impact of the measures it has introduced to fight the pandemic. To this end, it is using a recently set up special fund to manage the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. For example, it has agreed on a series of measures that seek to benefit companies and all economic activities affected by the virus.

It has also launched a package of social measures, first and foremost, loss of earnings compensation for people who are dependent on the social security system. In addition, emergency financial aid of between US$75 and $180 per family.

Moroccan police in Rabat instructing a resident in the capital to return home on 27 March 2020 (photo: Getty Images/AFP)
United in fighting the pandemic: in the present situation, the image of authority portrayed by servants of the state is unfamiliar because it is light years away from the one that is traditionally associated with them, namely one of violence and oppression

Regardless of how Morocco's fight against the coronavirus pandemic pans out, the state's early vigilance compared with its neighbours Spain, Italy and France is certainly laudable.

It is not an exaggeration to say that the state was realistic about its capabilities and raised the alarm early on. It made fateful, unprecedented decisions that have resulted in a very special moment of national solidarity.

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