November 6th – Celebrating The Green March in Morocco

 

Every year on the 6th of November Moroccans celibrate  an event known as “The Green March”. The Green March was a monumental effort that liberated the Moroccan southern provinces from the yoke of Spanish occupation.

What Is The Green March?

The Green March was a strategic mass demonstration in November 1975, 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 color 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.

 

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