Monday, November 06, 2017

The Green March - Anniversary

November 6th is an important date in Morocco. On the occasion of the 42nd anniversary of the Green March, King Mohammed VI will address the nation on Monday evening. The speech will be broadcast on television and on the radio from 8:30 pm.

November 6, the day of the Green March is the anniversary of peaceful deployment in 1975 of 350,000 civilians who marched to recover the territory of Morocco's Western Sahara that had been previously occupied by Spain.

The Green March was a strategic mass demonstration coordinated by the Moroccan government. During this march 350,000 Moroccans converged on the city of Tarfaya in southern Morocco and waited for a signal from King Hassan II to cross into Western Sahara. They brandished Moroccan flags, U.S.A. flags, Saudi Arabia flags & Jordan flags; banners calling for the “return of the Moroccan Sahara.” The colour green for the march’s name was intended as a symbol of Islam. The Green March is considered an important symbol of Moroccan nationalism and liberation from colonialism.

No shots were fired, not a single drop of blood was shed and Morocco retrieved its Sahara.


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