Moroccans continue to show solidarity and condemn the killing of two Scandinavian tourists, Louisa and Maren, in Imlil near Mount Toubkal.
Rabat – Crowds of Moroccans, men and women, gathered Saturday morning in front of the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Rabat, carrying banners with messages of solidarity. The banners read “No to terrorism,” and “We are all Danish and Norwegian.”
Moroccans placed flowers and lit candles in front of the two Scandinavian embassies today in memory of the two murdered Scandinavian tourists.
A group of Moroccan women who stood near the embassy of Denmark spoke out: “We as Moroccans are against terrorism; Our country is one of peace and security, and it will always be so in the face of extremism that wants to shake its foundations.”
Other demonstrators declared: “We as Moroccans abhor these criminals who committed the crime, they do not represent Morocco or Islam,” and “Islam is a religion of peace, tolerance, and coexistence.”
Moroccans of different ages held red colored banners with green stars representing the Moroccan flag with the Arabic inscription: “No to terrorism.”
Since the news of the murder emerged on Monday, Moroccans have displayed various gestures of sympathy with the victims and their families. One Moroccan stood in front of the Danish embassy in Rabat earlier this week, holding a banner saying “SORRY.”
Many Moroccans also signed a petition calling for the death penalty for the first four arrested suspects.
Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Intelligence (BCIJ) arrested the first suspect on Tuesday, one day after they discovered the bodies of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway.
The BCIJ arrested another three suspects Thursday on a bus in Marrakech as they were trying to escape. The four suspects had pledged their allegiance to the ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in a video one week before the murder.
Later Thursday and Friday, BCIJ arrested another nine suspects they believe to have a connection to the crime.
Louisa and Maren were found dead by their tent in an isolated mountainous area 10 kilometers from the village of Imlil in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains.
Moroccan officials returned Louisa and Maren’s bodies on Friday to diplomats from their home countries.