The “Ashura fireworks” defy the law turning the streets of Morocco into “fields of war”

Despite causing victims every year, and preventing their use by law, this year the use of Ashura fireworks has been renewed, since they have been detonated by minors since the beginning of the month of Muharram, and intensified with the proximity the tenth night of the month. her, when the explosions of firecrackers and artificial meteors reach their peak, and young people participate in them, setting fire to the tires of the wheels.

Ashura fireworks claimed the life of a young man in the city of Casablanca in 2018, after he was hit by shrapnel in the neck. The incident was followed by a wide discussion in which the voices demanded to limit the use of firecrackers in the celebration of Ashura, but the phenomenon did not recede, despite its great dangers, and the great inconvenience resulting for the citizens, especially since the explosion of firecrackers. continues until late at night.

The Ashura cookie explosion has gone from sporadic explosions here and there by children, to semi-organized operations, where a large number of “bombs” are detonated simultaneously, with the aim of causing a massive explosion, which turns the neighborhoods into something like a battlefield, while the authorities are satisfied with organizing awareness campaigns or intervention to prevent young people from burning tires on Ashura night.

The authorities continue to work with a classic approach to the negative phenomena that accompany Ashura, despite the fact that the perpetrators are young people and children. It is a process that does not seem to have a significant impact if, as soon as the sun sets, the rate of detonation of the fireworks increases.

“My fellow citizens, my sister citizens, we celebrate Ashura, which is part of our traditions and cultural heritage, and to preserve our safety, we have to educate children to keep these explosives away from Ashura and avoid behaviors that are criminalized by law, and that they pose a danger to our neighborhood and public safety,” says Barrah, addressing the citizens of the Yacoub Al-Mansour neighborhood in Rabat.

Citizens believe that this “primitive” method, as described by a commenter on the “Facebook” website, will not work, asking: “It is 2022 and we still rely on these primitive methods to educate citizens, what is the role of the media? And what is the role of social networks?”, considering that the use of men of power “only generates conflict and stubbornness between the two parties”.

On the other hand, Abdelali Al-Rami, a community activist in Rabat, praised the work carried out by the authorities to raise awareness among young people and children about the dangers of Ashura fireworks, but stressed that addressing this phenomenon requires the participation of all, from families. , civil society and intellectuals.

Al-Rami said, speaking to Hespress, that the phenomenon of setting off firecrackers, setting fire to tires, spraying passers-by with water or throwing eggs at them, and other negative behaviors that accompany the Ashura celebration, “is a structural problem linked to social norms and traditions”, noting that “the issue goes beyond the exploitation of minors in the practice of witchcraft and sorcery.

The collective actor believes that “Moroccan society is a society that loves to take advantage of every occasion for the sake of joy”, and adds: “But we have to celebrate rationally and think about the moment after joy”, and points out that “the law alone is not a solution, however difficult it may be, from a holistic approach that involves everyone, everyone in their position”.