Rabat - Ilyas El Omari, the president of the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region, has pointed out the lack of progress in resolving the protests in the Rif, where tensions continue to escalate between security forces and the local population in a Facebook posted published Friday.
Rabat – Ilyas El Omari, the president of the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region, has pointed out the lack of progress in resolving the protests in the Rif, where tensions continue to escalate between security forces and the local population in a Facebook posted published Friday.
“In whose interest is it to prolong tension in some places in Al Hoceima?” he asked. “In all protests around the world, even the bloodiest ones, warring parties take a moment of respite to think and look for solutions to the problem and give time to the wise to contribute in finding a way [out of the crisis].”
The leader of the Modernity and Authenticity Party (PAM), Morocco’ second-strongest political force, complained about the non-responsiveness of the different stakeholders in the crisis in Al Hoceima to previous initiatives to broker a dialogue between the government and protesters, which he said deepened the problem.
El Omari alluded to his call for dialogue which was rejected by the core of the protests movement.
The Al Hoceima native official has had a double-voiced discourse vis-à-vis the issue.
At times he stated that officials, including him, “should be held responsible for failing Al Hoceima.” Other times however, he said he “was not responsible for the tension in Rif,” blaming the government, led by the PAM’s main rival the Justice and Development Party (PJD), for the deterioration of the situation in the region, saying the government excluded the council of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region from the management of the crisis in Rif.
His post was quite sentimental, appealing to the emotions of his readers to deliver his political message.
“Who has an interest in burning down this beautiful city? Who wants to shut off the lights of Al Hoceima?,” he wrote. “I beseech you, you who are behind all this, if there are really people behind what is happening, break your silence and declare what you really want. Do you want to destroy the city? If yes, why then?”
The PAM Secretary General reiterated his previous for dialogue, asking for a moment of respite. “Everybody is need of a truce, no matter how short it is”, he said.
He concluded by saying everybody should strive for this “truce” to be achieved in order to reach solutions which would benefit everybody, the government and protests, where there will be “no winner, no loser.”