My guide, Mustafa, was incredibly helpful. In addition to keeping me from getting hopelessly lost, he was able to explain the subtleties of Marrakech to me. I saw what looked like rather organized graffiti and asked the obvious question: “What does it mean?”
Apparently, it’s political. And, it’s not really graffiti.
Morocco has 32 political parties. In the run-up to an election, each is allotted a specific space on walls around the city to use in promoting its campaign. So, there are boxes painted on walls throughout the medina. Some are used; some are not.
Posters, signs and painted symbols are used to lure voters onto a party’s side. I’m not sure what the symbols mean or how they are used to convince a voter. But, when you think about it, it’s no less clear than what our candidates spewed for two years.