A pro-Palestinian demonstration, planned in the Moroccan capital Rabat, notably in the framework of the 45th anniversary of the Palestinian « Land Day », was banned by the royal authorities. Demonstrators took the opportunity to denounce the normalisation of relations between Morocco and Israel.
Moroccan security forces banned a pro-Palestinian demonstration, although it was planned in the capital, Rabat. The demonstrators intended to seize the opportunity of the 45th anniversary of the Palestinian « Land Day » to raise their voices, Anadolu reported, recalling that the Palestinian Land Day commemorates the death of 6 Palestinians, killed on 30 March 1976.
The tragedy occurred during demonstrations against an Israeli decision to confiscate about 2,100 hectares of land in the Galilee and Triangle (northern Israel) and the Negev (south), the newspaper said. Moroccan security forces, however, banned activists from organising an action in solidarity with Palestine near the Moroccan parliament’s headquarters on this commemorative day.
While Anadolu Agency was unable to obtain a comment from the security authorities of the Cherifian kingdom on the videos that have gone viral on social networks showing the ban on this action of solidarity with the Palestinian people, it says that during their dispersal, the demonstrators shouted slogans such as « normalization is treason ». A message addressed to King Mohammed VI, who agreed to normalize relations with Israel in return for American recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over the Sahara, which had irritated some.
In a statement issued on Monday, the governorate of Rabat had notified the organizers of the demonstration of the prohibition of « any gathering or gathering on the public highway to avoid any violation of the measures of the state of health emergency. Morocco announced on Monday the extension of the night curfew for two more weeks to curb the spread of Covid-19.
It should be noted that the kingdom, still in the framework of the fight against the spread of the Coronavirus, has taken the decision to suspend flights from and to France and Spain.