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King to Speak on 65th Anniversary of King and People’s Revolution

King to Speak on 65th Anniversary of King and People’s Revolution

Rabat – King Mohammed VI will deliver a speech tonight for the 65th anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People.

According to a statement from the Ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol, and Chancellery, the royal speech will be aired on local television and radio channels at 9:30 p.m.

Royal pardons

King Mohammed VI on Sunday granted pardons to 450 inmates, including 22 prisoners charged for their involvement in extremism and terrorism cases.

The royal pardon was announced by the Moroccan Ministry of Justice.

The decision came after the inmates proved they revised their ideological orientations, according to the statement.

The ministry added that 17 prisoners were exempted from serving the remainder of their terms. Two inmates had their prison terms reduced, while three had their life imprisonment commuted to a fixed prison period, added the ministry.

Brief history on the Revolution of the King and the People

August 20 represents a day of heroic struggle in Morocco’s contemporary history.

On August 20, 1953, the French government approved a request from the French military forces to remove the late Mohammed V from the throne and exile him to the island of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea.

The decision of the French colonizers came during Eid al-Adha, a situation that sparked outrage among Moroccan citizens and resistant activists.

Mohammed V was a beloved monarch and an icon for resistance. August 20 represents a day of courage and pride for all Moroccans, reinforcing the unity of Moroccans.

Resistance from Moroccan activists and resistance forces and the National Liberation Army , led the French forces to accept dialogue and open negotiations with nationalists.

The resistance resulted in the return from exile of Mohammed V and the declaration of the independence of Morocco.

The king returned to Morocco on November 16, 1955. One year later, in 1956, Morocco gained its independence.

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