Moroccans Protest Against Islamic Terrorism In Casablanca
Several hundred protesters gathered in Casablanca on Thursday to protest against Islamic terrorism!
A father and his son in a crowd shouting anti-terrorism slogans during a protest gathering held in Casablanca, Morocco where more than 1000 people held mass rallies Thursday April 19 2007 to condemn suicide blasts that killed a policeman and injured more than 20 last week in Hay El Farah. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)
Police arrested a man, Youssef Mousaod, on Thursday in connection with deadly terrorist bombings earlier in the week.
Previously… other members of the group cornered by police have blown themselves up to escape arrest, using homemade explosive belts police say they wore whenever going out in public.
A water vendor in traditional dress passes by an anti-terrorism demonstration in Casablanca, Morocco where young men carry a portrait of the King Mohammed VI and a sign reading ‘live the life’ and ‘dont touch my country’ on the left, Tuesday, April, 19, 2007. More than 1000 people held a protest gathering in Casablanca, to condemn suicide blasts that killed a policeman and injured more than 20 last week in Hay El Farah . (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)
The Sunday Times had more on the protest in Casablanca:
“We denounce these terrorist acts and our outrage reflects that of the entire Moroccan people across the political spectrum,” Saad Eddine Othami, head of the Justice and Development party, an Islamist grouping, told AFP.
“There has to be a global fight against terrorism on the cultural, religious, social, political and security fronts,” he said.
Seven suicide bombers have either been blown up in attacks or were killed between March 11 and April 10 in Casablanca, raising fears that the country was becoming a hotbed of Islamic extremism.
Some 2,000 people attended the rally, shouting slogans such as “Yes to Islam, no to the forces of evil,” and “Terrorists, Morocco does not back you.”
They also held banners saying: “No to terrorism, no to violence.”
Protesters shout during a demonstration against terrorism in Casablanca April 19, 2007. Around 500 people held rallies to condemn suicide blasts that killed a policeman and injured more than 20 people last week in Hay El Farah. The placard reads: “All together against the terrorism, the hate and the violence”. (REUTERS/Rafael Marchante)
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