5 Moroccans Self-Immolate

    In this photo provided by a Moroccan media group called "the Unemployed Graduates" and dated Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, a Moroccan protester lies on ground covered with a blanket after setting himself on fire in a demonstration over unemployment in Rabat, Morocco.  Five unemployed Moroccan men set themselves on fire in the capital Rabat as part of widespread demonstrations in the country over the lack of jobs, especially for university graduates, a rights activist said Thursday, and three of them were hospitalized because of their burns.  The self immolation echoes the 2010 protest when a vegetable seller in Tunisia set himself on fire, an act which sparked the Arab spring. (AP Photo/Media Group Unemployed Graduates)

    "The Unemployed Graduates" / AP Photo

    Five Moroccan men set themselves on fire Wednesday in Rabat, the nation’s capital, to protest the scarcity of job opportunities for university graduates, sending at least three to the hospital. The city has been a hotbed of civil unrest as the government reacts to a movement of “unemployed graduates” who have butted heads with police across the country. Morocco’s unemployment rate is 9.1 percent nationally, but reportedly jumps to about 16 percent for graduates. Self-immolation as a protest tactic has spread in North Africa since a Tunisian man lit himself on fire in December 2010 to bring attention to police harassment.

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