A Scottish woman living in Morocco had a lot to say about the country and its people during last Saturday’s sit-in to condemn the murder of two Scandinavian tourists.
Rabat – A Scottish woman named Alice Morrison who lives in Imlil, 200 meters away from where the murder of Louisa and Maren took place, has delivered a heartfelt speech about Morocco and Moroccans.
Morrison spoke through a microphone in front of many tourists and locals on Saturday, December 22, both in Darija (Moroccan Arabic) and English.
“As a foreigner and as a guest among you, I found kind, loyal, and generous people. I found love. I am thankful to be with you, thank you so much,” Morrison started in Darija, before she continued in English.
“As everybody else in this community, I was horrified to hear of the death of the two young women, and I am disgusted by the people who perpetrated it,” she stated. “I would like to say as somebody who lives here and who’s met with such kindness and such beauty in this wonderful country, this does not represent in anyway, Morocco or Moroccans.”
Morrison described Moroccans as “wonderful people,” saying: They’re peaceful, they’re kind, they’re honorable, and they are so hospitable…. I would like to reiterate that with the Moroccans I am so proud to live here and to find such a wonderful community to be part of.”
Morrison shares the same view as many who condemned the heinous murder and said that the criminals do not represent Morocco or Moroccans: “The people who did these kind of crimes have done them also in my country in Britain, in France and in Brussels. It’s the same thing.”
Expressing condolences on behalf of all Moroccans, she said: “When this crime happens it happens to the whole community. Our thoughts are with the families of those women and with the women themselves.”
Morrison concluded warmly: “On behalf of all those who don’t speak English to those who do, I am so sorry for what’s happened to these girls and to their families. And I hope that in the future we could all live together in peace and in harmony.”
The sit-in in Imlil is one of the many forms of solidarity by Moroccans who condemned the murder.
On the same day, crowds of Moroccans, men and women, gathered 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.
Both Norwegian and Danish ambassadors thanked Moroccans for their support.
Ever since the news of the murder emerged on Monday, December 17, Moroccans have displayed various gestures of sympathy with the victims and their families. Many signed a petition calling for the death penalty for the first four arrested suspects.
Moroccan security services found the bodies of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, by their tent in an isolated area near Imlil.
Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Intelligence (BCIJ) arrested 13 suspects involved in the murder. The first four arrested suspects had pledged their allegiance to ISIS.