Moroccans to demonstrate solidarity with Palestine despite march ban

Moroccans to demonstrate solidarity with Palestine despite march ban

The Moroccan Front for Supporting Palestine and Against Normalization, along with the National Working Group for Palestine, announced a grand march in support of Gaza in Rabat, scheduled for Sunday.

However, there have been reports stating that this protest was denied by Moroccan authorities.

Sources within the Moroccan Front for Supporting Palestine and Against Normalization confirmed to MoroccoLatestNews that Moroccan authorities “refused to grant authorization for the protest.”

They stated that the protest would happen on Sunday regardless.

The same sources added that these protests are meant to “peacefully show solidarity with Palestine, not to engage in violence.”

A number of Moroccan cities are expecting marches and demonstrations in support of Palestine.

Although many have already taken place, namely in Rabat, Casablanca, Tangier, Fes and Kenitra, the largest is expected to gather people on Sunday in the capital.

“The Moroccan Front for Supporting Palestine, the National Working Group for Palestine, announce to the national and international public opinion the organization of a national popular march on Sunday, October 15, 2023, starting from Bab Al-Had Square in Rabat at 10:00 AM, under the slogan The Moroccan people stand with Al-Aqsa and against normalization,”stated organizers in a joint statement.

They added, “The march is also an occasion to raise the voice of our people in order to reject the infamous normalization agreements with this enemy, expel the so-called Zionist Communication Office Director and the entire terrorist gang, and establish a law to criminalize normalization.”

Many Moroccan parties and unions are planning to join the call, releasing a statement confirming their participation in the protests that will be in Bab Al-Had Square in Rabat at 10:00 AM.

According to the Moroccan Front for Supporting Palestine and Against Normalization Facebook page, the Party of Democratic Labor, the Federation of Democratic Left, the United Socialist Party, the Justice and Charity Group, the Moroccan Space for Human Rights, the National Federation of Education, and the Moroccan Democratic Network for Solidarity with People.

The US Embassy and Consulates in Morocco issued on Friday 13 a Security Alert calling for its citizens to remain far away from gatherings and marches, expected to take place in support for Palestine.

“Protests are planned in the coming days throughout Morocco. The US Embassy in Morocco reiterates the importance of maintaining a high level of vigilance and practicing good situational awareness near any protests and demonstrations,” highlighted the statement.

The US Embassy advised its citizens in Morocco to take some precautions for their safety, including reviewing the Department of State travel advisory for Morocco, which includes recommendations such as avoiding demonstrations and crowds, remaining vigilant in tourist areas, and being flexible with travel plans.

The Embassy underscored, “While we are not aware of specific, credible threats against U.S. citizens in Morocco at this time, travelers to and from Morocco are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and to make it easier to be located in an emergency.”

Today, politicians, activists and MPs gathered in Rabat to once again call out the “atrocities” committed by Israel against Palestinians.


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