Moroccans want to change the name of Imlil's "Chamharouch" resort to "Louisa and Maren" resort.
Rabat – The Marrakech-Safi Office of the National Anti-Bribery and Public Funds Observatory is calling on authorities to change the name of Imlil’s “Chamharouch” resort to “Louisa and Maren Resort,” after the murdered Scandinavian tourists.
The office director, Mohamed El Harouali, told Morocco World News that he wants people to know that changing the name of the resort in memory of the victims would signify that such brutalities are rare in Morocco.
Matching the statements of a tour guide who informed MWN that the atmosphere in the Atlas Mountain region where the murder took place is currently peaceful, El Harouali said that when he visited the area shortly after the murder there was only one case of panic.
El Harouali said that an elderly French woman at a nearby hotel was panicking since her daughter was also somewhere near the area, “which was only natural after hearing such news,” he added.
El Harouali confirmed that the atmosphere in the region is generally ordinary. He noted the “quick” reaction of the Moroccan security services who caught the suspects less than three days after finding the tourists’ bodies on Monday.
“Changing the name of the resort into Louisa & Maren is the least thing we can do to honor the souls of the victims, respond to the [murderers’] sick minds and show that there is no place for hate between us,” El Harouali wrote in a press release.
Moroccans took to social media networks to condemn the murder and express solidarity with families and friends of the victims.
A young Moroccan man stood in front of the embassy of Denmark in Rabat and held a banner reading “SORRY.”
Many Moroccans on social media are also calling on authorities to give the four arrested suspects the death penalty.
Moroccans also plan to organize a sit-in at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 22, in front of the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Rabat, to pay tribute to the victims and express condolences to their countries of origin.
Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) arrested the first suspect on Tuesday and the three other suspects yesterday. The same suspects pledged allegiance to ISIS in a video a week before the murder.
The victims are Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway.