Opinion Morocco officially condemns the publication of cartoons of Muhammad and calls on France

16:55  26 october  2020
16:55  26 october  2020 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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  Le Maroc condamne officiellement la publication de caricatures de Mahomet et interpelle la France © Copyright 2020, L'Obs

Morocco joins the list of countries denouncing the continued publication in France of cartoons of the prophet Muhammad: Rabat “condemns vigorously ", in an press release of the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs published Sunday, October 25, the" outrageous caricatures of Islam and the prophet ".

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—MarocDiplomatie (@Maroc Diplomatie ??) “Insulting provocations of the sacralities” of Islam

Morocco opposes the cartoons and enjoins France to "stop stirring up resentment and showing discernment and respect for otherness", writes Minister Nasser Bourita. The Moroccan government "denounces these acts which reflect the immaturity of their perpetrators, and reaffirms that the freedom of some ends where the freedom and beliefs of others begin".

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"Freedom of expression can not, under any reason, justify the insulting provocation and the insulting offense of the Muslim religion which has more than two billion faithful in the world. "

The Moroccan authorities want to be firm in the face of what they consider to be" insulting provocations of the sacredness of the Muslim religion ". The statement, however, states that Morocco "condemns all obscurantist and barbaric violence allegedly perpetrated in the name of Islam".

To Muslims, and in particular to students and parents of students who disapprove of the cartoons of Muhammad

The statement was relayed on Twitter by Saad Dine El Otmani, head of the Moroccan government.

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The party opposition Istiqlal (center right) and the association Movement for Uniqueness and Reform, religious wing of the Justice and Development Party, also condemned these publications, AFP reported.

Debates on freedom of expression

This position takes place in a context of multiplication of calls for boycott on the part of many countries in the Middle East. Iran, Jordan, Kuwait and Qatar have ordered the population to stop buying French products, joined by Turkey on Monday . Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan even questioned Emmanuel Macron’s “mental health”.

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“We will continue this fight for freedom and for reason, of which you are now the face, because we owe it to you. Because in France, professor, the Enlightenment never goes out, "assured Emmanuel Macron, promising that" we will not give up caricatures, drawings, even if others are retreating ". Faced with calls for a boycott, the President of the Republic has promised never to accept hate speech.

Assassinated freedom In a tweet prior to the Moroccan speech, the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs denounced these calls for a boycott on Sunday October 25: "The calls to boycott French products distort the positions defended by France in favor of freedom of conscience, freedom of expression, freedom of religion and the refusal of any call to hatred. "

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