Several vigils in tribute of the murdered Scandinavian tourists took place over the weekend across Morocco. The gatherings which served as an opportunity to recall that Morocco is land of openness, hospitality and coexistence, regardless of beliefs or religions.
Rabat – In the vigil held in Marrakech, three representatives of the Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, came together and posed for a hand in hand picture.
The hand in hand picture has been widely shared on social media, symbolizing coexistence between the three religions.
Moroccans also organized vigils in front of Denmark and Norway embassies on Saturday in Rabat. Participants denounced the ‘heinous’ crime committed against the two innocent Scandinavian tourists and carried banners displaying messages of solidarity.
The banners read “No to terrorism,” and “We are all Danish and Norwegian.”
Moroccans from all walks of life denounced death of Maren Ueland and Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, who were found dead inside their tent in an isolated mountainous area, 10 kilometers from the village of Imlil in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains.
Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) arrested the four individuals involved in the murders.
DGSN spokesperson Boubker Sabik said in an interview with Moroccan television channel 2M on Sunday, that the individuals acted on their own without coordination with the terrorist group ISIS.