Rabat - Thousands of people from different Moroccan cities protested outside France's embassy in Rabat on Thursday against members of feminist group Femen.
Rabat – Thousands of people from different Moroccan cities protested outside France’s embassy in Rabat on Thursday against members of feminist group Femen.
The protestors shouted slogans and carried placards that read “Down with Femen,” “None of that here,” “No to attacks on sacred Moroccan values” and “Freedom equals respect of the other.”
They were protesting against two French activists from feminist movement Femen who kissed topless in front of the Tour Hassan religious landmark in the Moroccan capital on Tuesday.
The women were later expelled from the country and banned from returning.
This also comes amid reports that two Moroccan men had been arrested for publicly kissing on the esplanade of Mosque Hassan in Rabat, the same place where the two bare-chested Femen activists appeared kissing each other earlier this week. A Spanish feminist was also deported after a pro-gay protest.
The Interior Ministry denounced “a series of provocations and harassment carried out by foreign organizations who deliberately violate Moroccan laws… to undermine morality.”
Last week three men from Taourirt, eastern Morocco, were sentenced to three years imprisonment after being accused of homosexuality.
Homosexuality is not tolerated in Morocco and is considered a crime. “Anyone found guilty of carrying out “a deviant act with a person of the same sex can be jailed for up to three years,” according to article 489 of the Moroccan penal code.
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