Fez - Massive protests took place in the Agadir neighborhood in the district of Meriniyine in Fez on Friday, after the launch of a public swimming pool project that will be constructed on an old cemetery in the area.
Fez – Massive protests took place in the Agadir neighborhood in the district of Meriniyine in Fez on Friday, after the launch of a public swimming pool project that will be constructed on an old cemetery in the area.
The residents of the neighborhood were angered after the bulldozers dug out the cemetery and uncovered human skeletons.
Shocked by this “unethical” act of vandalism, violating the “due respect to the dead,” the residents of the neighborhood mobilized and prevented the bulldozers from continuing the destruction of the cemetery.
According to the teachings of Islam, the deceased body must be treated with respect and due care, including the remains of the deceased that should be covered underground.
According to Alyoum24, local authorities rushed to the place of the protests and ordered the contractor in charge of the project to stop and wait to address the matter with the concerned authorities.
The same source said that the project enters within the framework of the National Initiative for Human Development, supervised by the Wilayat of Fez.
In a statement to the same source, Azzedine bin Sheikh, a leader of the Istiqlal Party and head of the District of Meriniyine, said that “the old cemetery, where strangers and unanimous were buried, has been closed for more than 60 years,” adding that this “does not prevent respect for the remains of the deceased.”
Bin Sheikh added that the province has ordered the contractor to move the remains and bury them somewhere else.