Taroudant- The arrest of two teenagers for posting a photo on Facebook of them kissing went beyond social media outrage, taking the form of sit ins demanding their release.
In response to a lawsuit filed by Faysal al Marsy, President of the United Organization for Human Rights and Public Freedoms, the teenagers were arrested on Thursday for violating public decency by posting a photo of them kissing.
After this scandal went viral, Mr. Mustapha Ramid, the Minister of Justice, in a filmed interview with Kifach, said that he was made aware of the event on his way to the radio headquarters, when a media site called him to gauge his opinion regarding the issue.
Mr. Ramid confirmed that he is confident that the court in Nador will take proper procedures concerning the teenagers in question.
In a video tracking the events of the arrest, Omar Belafrege, President of the Movement of clarity ambition and courage, also questioned how a simple kiss could have created such a problem to society.
“If a kiss between two teenagers created a problem to the society, the problem, then, is not with the kids, but rather with that society,” he added.
In the same video, Chakib al-Khayari, president of the Rif Association of Human Rights said, “the lawsuit filed against the teenagers is, we believe, invalid because it doesn’t represent a crime.”
Most of students interviewed in the video expressed their solidarity with their peers, saying that the arrest is an extremely harsh punishment.
The couple is currently being held at a juvenile detention center waiting to appear before a juvenile court judge next week.
After the Paris Kiss-in, which was due to be organized on Saturday in solidarity with the two students and their photographer, a call has been launched on Facebook for a giant kiss-in on Wednesday Oct.9 at the Green Park in the city of Mohammedia, and on Saturday Oct. 12 in Rabat.
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