Thursday, January 15, 2009

Demos in protest at Gaza tragedy continue across Morocco

According to reports from around the country the anger at the situation in Gaza is growing in Morocco. Sit-ins and demos continue across the country in protest of the more than two-weeks Israeli onslaught against the Gaza Strip, where the death toll nears 1,000 Palestinians.

Since the first days of the attack, citizens and members of NGOs, unions and parties took to the streets in solidarity with the Palestinian people, carrying banners and chanting slogans denouncing Israel's onslaught against Gazan civilians. There have also been calls for Arab leaders to do much more. The lack of united action by Arab leaders is deplored with calls for a far stronger response

Morocco's press union (SNPM) this evening (Wednesday) staged a sit-in before the United Nations head office in Rabat to voice support to Gazans and condemn the killing of journalists by the Israeli army.

Four journalists have been killed in Gaza since the start of the Israeli aggression against Gaza on December 27th with several more injured. SNPM called, in a press release, on all journalists to partake in this event meant to urge the international community to ensure the security of journalists, and demand an investigation into these assassinations and the punishment of the perpetrators.

The Union is to organize a Pro-Gaza cultural event that will be attended by artists and intellectuals. It is slated to be held onMonday in Casablanca

Another solidarity event will be held, Wednesday, by the ministry of culture at the national Mohammed VI Theatre.


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