Morocco

The Rif Is Not and Never Will Be a Traitor: Abdellah Boussouf

Chaima Lahsini

Rabat - “Morocco, with its people, its government and its king, is disturbed by the ongoing difficult situation in the region,” said Abdellah Boussouf, the secretary general of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) during Al Hoceima National Debate held on Friday in Tangier.

Several Moroccan officials gathered in Tangier to discuss the situation of the Hirak movement. In the past month, protests in Al Hoceima spread out to reach other cities, resulting in the arrests of hundreds of activists and protesters.

For Boussouf, reaching a consensus is mandatory: “The Hirak can not continue indefinitely and the state can not wait indefinitely.” Evoking a number of countries that managed to overcome their domestic difference, he called on the Hirak to reach a waiver on what they consider legitimate rights to meet with the government half way.

“Morocco, with its people, its government and its king, is disturbed by what’s going on in Al Hoceima,” said the head of CCME, adding that everyone was invited to join the debate without accusing each other of treason.

“Throughout its history, the Rif has never been separatist and never will be,” stressed Boussouf. He added that in fact, “the Rif was the one to establish stability when it founded the Center of Moderation and the Fight against Shiism.”

“Morocco’s identity was established in the Rif, where it laid the foundations of stability we enjoy today, and will remain a stabilizing element,” Boussouf said.

Al Hoceima's National Debate, entitled “Building the Homeland for Al Hoceima” showed that the participants in the initiative pledge their solidarity with the legitimate demands raised by the peaceful protests in the region. 

In order to achieve these goals, the meeting called for the release of the detainees, the suspension of the search warrants against the protesters, and the withdrawal of the public forces in order to restore peace.

The participants also stressed that urgent measures should be adopted for the benefit of the inhabitants of Al Hoceima by implementing the necessary mechanisms to launching programs and projects related to the region’s social, economic and cultural demands.

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