Rabat - Hamid Chabat, the current head of the Istiqlal party, gathered tens of thousands of people on Thursday in a mobilization to celebrate International Labor Day, and paid tribute to the former PM of the government Abbas El Fassi, sending clear warnings to the current head of the government, Abdelilah Benkirane.
Rabat – Hamid Chabat, the current head of the Istiqlal party, gathered tens of thousands of people on Thursday in a mobilization to celebrate International Labor Day, and paid tribute to the former PM of the government Abbas El Fassi, sending clear warnings to the current head of the government, Abdelilah Benkirane.
It seems that Hamid Chabat did not fulfill his promise. After he promised to gather at least 120,000 people in a vibrant Labor Day celebration, only 20,000 of the party’s activists attended the festivities on Thursday at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Sports Complex in Rabat.
Yet, the Secretary General of the opposition party Istiqlal was a happy surprise for the Istiqulal activists when he stepped onto the platform, holding the hand of the former head of the Istiqlal party, and former Prime Minister Abbas El Fassi.
After Hamid Chabat had gone through many battles with the El Fassi family, since he was elected the new head of the party, this move seemed to announce that the party is now united after it nearly split.
According to Akhbar Alyaoum, Hamid Chabat paid tribute to Abbas El Fassi before over 20,000 people, and dedicated a gift to him. This was a clear warning to his enemies. It indicates that henceforth, Chabat will put all the focus on them, as the internal party battles are over.
Unlike the usual marches, Chabat chose to celebrate Labor Day this year in a massive mobilization at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Sports Complex.
Before the festivities kicked off at 9am, hundreds of busses coming from diffrent regions of the kingdom arrived at the complex.
According to the same source, Hamid Chabat sent many political messages to the head of the government through this mobilization. Chabat showcased the great achievements of the former government of Abbas El Fassi, compared to the current government’s minor achievements.
Chabat also delivered a virulent speech against Algeria and urged it to return Tindouf and the Eastern Sahara to Morocco. Istiqlal militants put a ‘’Tiffo,” in which they painted a Moroccan map that included the occupied Ceuta and Mellila, and the Eastern Sahara. The map was accompanied with the Moroccan flag and a banner on which the Istiqlal activists wrote ‘’Since the beginning, the Eastern Sahara, Ceuta and Mellila have always been under Moroccan sovereignty.’’
Chabat concluded, some parts of ‘’Morocco are still occupied, and we are not ready to give up any inch of our land.’’
Edited by Jessica Rohan
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