Solidarity with our comrade Jawad Mustaqbal

No to despicable attacks targeting activists

25 June 2023 by ATTAC/CADTM Morocco

Rabat 24 june 2023

Jawad Mustaqbal’s phone has been hacked, and he received threatening calls from unknown individuals who intend to tarnish his reputation, threaten his family, and attempt to extort him financially. They have also published a video showing him alone and naked.

This vile attack is a failed attempt to undermine the credibility of our comrade Jawad and the association Attac Morocco, of which he is a member of the current national secretariat.
Jawad has been actively involved in various forms of solidarity with political prisoners in our country, including Omar Radi, a member of Attac Morocco, who himself faced an attempt to smear him and fabricate dirty charges to justify his political detention and the six-year prison sentence handed to him.

Jawad has been engaged in the struggle against oppression and imperialism since a young age. He was part of the first generation to join and fight within Attac Morocco for over 20 years. He has made numerous contributions to popular education and the analysis of the subjugating nature of imperialist centers’ economy and political system, which crushes the oppressed and defenders of justice. He has also proposed bold alternatives for a Morocco of dignity and freedom. He participated in the February 20th Movement and all major popular movements in Morocco, defending their emancipatory content and their grassroots organizing forms.

We can understand the exact aim of this despicable attack, which targets his reputation precisely at a time when we see Jawad actively involved in the preparations for organizing the Counter-Summit of social movements against the World Bank World Bank
The World Bank was founded as part of the new international monetary system set up at Bretton Woods in 1944. Its capital is provided by member states’ contributions and loans on the international money markets. It financed public and private projects in Third World and East European countries.

It consists of several closely associated institutions, among which :

1. The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD, 189 members in 2017), which provides loans in productive sectors such as farming or energy ;

2. The International Development Association (IDA, 159 members in 1997), which provides less advanced countries with long-term loans (35-40 years) at very low interest (1%) ;

3. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), which provides both loan and equity finance for business ventures in developing countries.

As Third World Debt gets worse, the World Bank (along with the IMF) tends to adopt a macro-economic perspective. For instance, it enforces adjustment policies that are intended to balance heavily indebted countries’ payments. The World Bank advises those countries that have to undergo the IMF’s therapy on such matters as how to reduce budget deficits, round up savings, enduce foreign investors to settle within their borders, or free prices and exchange rates.

and the International Monetary Fund IMF
International Monetary Fund
Along with the World Bank, the IMF was founded on the day the Bretton Woods Agreements were signed. Its first mission was to support the new system of standard exchange rates.

When the Bretton Wood fixed rates system came to an end in 1971, the main function of the IMF became that of being both policeman and fireman for global capital: it acts as policeman when it enforces its Structural Adjustment Policies and as fireman when it steps in to help out governments in risk of defaulting on debt repayments.

As for the World Bank, a weighted voting system operates: depending on the amount paid as contribution by each member state. 85% of the votes is required to modify the IMF Charter (which means that the USA with 17,68% % of the votes has a de facto veto on any change).

The institution is dominated by five countries: the United States (16,74%), Japan (6,23%), Germany (5,81%), France (4,29%) and the UK (4,29%).
The other 183 member countries are divided into groups led by one country. The most important one (6,57% of the votes) is led by Belgium. The least important group of countries (1,55% of the votes) is led by Gabon and brings together African countries.
in Marrakech in October. In addition to his role in Attac Morocco to establish a national coordination that serves as a popular base for the Counter-Summit in Morocco, he is mobilizing numerous working groups at the international, regional, and continental levels through his membership in the Joint International Secretariat of the Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debt (CADTM). He does all this to make the Counter-Summit a genuine international event.

This base attack suffered by Jawad reflects the fear of the dynamism and mobilization that he is engaged in. The perpetrators aim to halt this activity so that the oppressors can celebrate their own wedding in Marrakech, which has become a banquet hall for the world’s wealthy, hosting the foremost creators of poverty and injustice in the world, as Jawad wrote about it. A webinar organized by activist associations from North Africa and the Middle East as part of the preparations for the Counter-Summit faced similar despicable attacks but was successfully thwarted.
Such dirty attacks and despicable methods targeting activists and fighters to undermine their reputation are characteristic of oppressive regimes afraid of any mobilization that reveals their tyranny. What our comrade Jawad Mustaqbal has been subjected to is an attack against Attac Morocco, a member of the International Network of the Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debt (CADTM). The state continues its harassment of our association and deprives us of the renewal of our registration.

We, at Attac Morocco, strongly condemn the despicable attack targeting our comrade Jawad Mustaqbal to undermine his struggle and credibility. We:

- Express our absolute solidarity with him and his family.
- Appeal to all national, regional, continental, and international struggle organizations to expand the solidarity campaign with Jawad Mustaqbal and denounce such despicable attacks against activists.
- Declare our determination to engage in the preparations for the Counter-Summit against the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in Marrakech and mobilize for broad participation at the global, continental, regional, and national levels.
- We express our determination to continue the struggle for another Morocco, a Morocco of dignity, freedom, and social justice.


member of the CADTM network, the Association pour la Taxation des Transactions en Aide aux Citoyens au Maroc (ATTAC Morocco) was founded in 2000. ATTAC Maroc has been a member of the international network of the Committee for the Cancellation of Third World Debt (CADTM) since 2006 (which became the Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debts in June 2016). We have 11 local groups in Morocco. ATTAC aims to be a network that helps those involved in social, associative, trade union and more broadly militant activity to take ownership of the challenges of globalisation on issues of social and citizen resistance.

Address : n°140, rue Cadi Bribri Akkari 10000. Rabat. Maroc
Email : attac.cadtm.maroc at
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