65th anniversary of the disappearance of the late HM Mohammed V, a tribute to the memory of the Father of the Nation and symbol of the anti-colonial struggle

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In a climate of piety and contemplation, Moroccans commemorate, Thursday 10 Ramadan 1445 AH, the 65th anniversary of the disappearance of the late His Majesty Mohammed V, the opportunity to pay homage to the Father of the Nation, architect of the independence of the Kingdom and symbol of the struggle of peoples for freedom and emancipation.

This is a moment of recognition and respect to the memory of the late Sovereign who made countless sacrifices, including the exile to which he was forced along with the Royal Family by the colonial authorities, for the recovery of the full independence of his country.

The late Sovereign passed away on the 10th day of Ramadan in the year 1380 AH (February 26, 1961), leaving Moroccans with the memory of a patriotic, committed and courageous King who dedicated his life to the just cause of his country, braving countless difficulties to do so, without losing any of its faith and determination.

In his relentless struggle for independence, the late His Majesty Mohammed V was absolutely committed to consultation and coordination with the National Movement, convinced that the recovery of sovereignty cannot be the work of a single person or of a single institution, but the fruit of collective action based on faith and the effort to raise awareness and mobilize the Moroccan people.

The high point of this collective patriotic action was the presentation, on January 11, 1944, of the Independence Manifesto, a bold step which reflected the perfect symbiosis between the Throne, the National Movement and the people, and constituted the first step on the path to liberation from the yoke of the protectorate.

On April 10, 1947, Sultan Mohammed Ben Youssef went to Tangier, accompanied by the late His Majesty Hassan II, then crown prince, and the late Princess Lalla Aicha, to deliver a resounding speech that will mark history and people’s minds. And for good reason, the Sovereign solemnly and explicitly formulated, for the first time, the demand for the independence of Morocco, thus giving a cold sweat to the colonial authorities who, pushed to their limits, will do their utmost to regain control of the situation.

After the failure of all their plotted maneuvers, blackmail and threats intended to pressure His Late Majesty Mohammed V so that he abandons the national struggle, the colonizer mounts a sordid plot against the Sultan and the August Royal Family who are forced into exile in 1953, first in Corsica, then in Madagascar.

The occupier’s sinister stratagem backfires. Aiming to cut ties between the late King and his loyal people, the exile of Sultan Mohammed Ben Youssef further united the people and the national movement behind him, triggering a wave of popular riots and armed actions against the forces colonial, and makes independence the cause, no longer of an elite of nationalist politicians and intellectuals, but of an entire people mobilized behind their Sovereign.

This beautiful epic of patriotism, bravery and loyalty was crowned by the triumphant return of the Father of the Nation and the August Royal Family to the Motherland, on November 16, 1955, and the announcement, a year later later, of independence and the beginning of the “Great Jihad”, that of the building of a new and modern Morocco.

After the recovery of the independence of the Kingdom and in the same spirit of the Father of the Nation, His Late Majesty Hassan II, companion in the struggle of the hero of independence, continued the work of consolidating the achievements, by committing in a major program for the economic and social development of the country, before His worthy successor, His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist Him, takes the torch to continue the work of His illustrious ancestors with determination and self-sacrifice.

Thus, His Majesty King Mohammed VI has been committed, since His accession to the Throne of His Glorious Ancestors, to the consolidation of this great national project, bringing Morocco into a new era, that of modernity and global and sustainable development.

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