Hundreds of Moroccans in Paris Demonstrate Against Flag Burning
Moroccans Demonstrate Against Flag Burning : Moroccans came to Paris from across France on Sunday, November 10, to raise the Moroccan flag in response to the burning of a Moroccan flag in a protest last month.
The protesters gathered at the Place du Trocadero, a plaza opposite the Eiffel Tower, and waved Moroccan flags.
The Moroccan Dynamic Association (ADM) organized the demonstration along with other French civil society organizations, according to state-owned media outlet Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).
The demonstration came four days after the anniversary of the Green March, a day Moroccans celebrate national sovereignty and remember when they marched into Western Sahara in 1975. According to the French Mediapart outlet, the demonstrators in Paris sang the anthem of the Green March.
MAP reported that demonstrators came from as far as Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. They chanted the national slogan, “God, the nation, the King.”
Among the hundreds wearing and waving the flag was Moroccan singer Said Senhaji, Mediapart reported.
On October 26, protesters gathered in Paris to commemorate the third anniversary of the death of Mohcine Fikri. The fishmonger’s death at the hands of authorities ignited the Hirak Rif protests across Morocco’s northern Rif region in 2016 and 2017.
Fikri’s work in the informal sector and his death became a symbol of the Rif region’s economic and social marginalization. Protests rocked the Rif region from late 2016 into 2017, ultimately leading to the arrest of dozens of protest leaders.
A Moroccan court sentenced Hirak activist Nasser Zefzafi to 20 years in prison for his participation in the protests. From his prison cell, Zefzafi called for supporters of the Hirak Rif to commemorate Mohcine Fikri’s death.
At the Paris protest, some people burned a Moroccan flag, raising the ire of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad.
Showing “contempt of the emblem and symbols of the kingdom” is illegal in Morocco and punishable by six months to three years in prison.