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May 27, 2003

Moroccans Turn Out Against Terrorism

This piece pointed out to me via Instapundit and is a good illustration that when fellow believers kill in their own back yard, then there is an awakening as to the outrageousness of the killings taking place
Tens of thousands of demonstrators chanting "no to terrorism" thronged the streets of Casablanca today, nine days after 43 people were killed in coordinated suicide attacks in the city.

"I am here for myself and for them, the next generation," said Abdellatif Ghanam, an unemployed night watchman, gesturing to his 6-year-old son. "The people who did those attacks are not followers of Islam in its true sense."

Morocco's largest opposition party, the Justice and Development Party (PJD), was banned along with other Islamic groups from taking part in the march, which was led by Prime Minister Driss Jettou.

The PJD has condemned the five almost simultaneous bombings that are believed to have been carried out by a small, ultra-conservative Islamic group, Assirat al-Moustaquim (the Righteous Path).

At a similar demonstration a week ago in Rabat, the Moroccan capital, young men threw tomatoes at PJD marchers.

Several Islamic activists attempted to join the protest in Casablanca but were stopped by Interior Ministry units. "We wanted to show that we, the Islamists of Morocco, are against terrorism," said would-be marcher Rachid Amar. [more]