55th anniversary of the recovery of Sidi Ifni: one of the major events of the heroic struggle for independence and the completion of the territorial integrity of the Kingdom.


The Moroccan people, and at their head the Family of Resistance, celebrated yesterday Sunday the 55th anniversary of the recovery of Sidi Ifni, one of the major events of the heroic struggle for independence and the completion of the territorial integrity of the Kingdom.

Indeed, this historic and memorable date which saw the national colours raised on June 30, 1969 in the sky of Sidi Ifni, is commemorated each year with joy and gladness by all Moroccans.

It will be noted for History that the tribes of Aït Baâmrane, and in the same patriotic enthusiasm which animated the different regions of Morocco, showed perseverance, courage and heroism to defeat the plans of the Spanish colonial authorities aimed at definitively linking the region to Spain.

Also, the Aït Baâmrane, men and women of legendary bravery, were the spearhead of the national resistance in the South of Morocco and the suppliers of weapons to the nationalists of the North, through their resistance cells, thus affirming their attachment to their Moroccanness and to the glorious Alaouite Throne.

In any case, on November 23, 1957, these tribes had triggered a major uprising against the Spanish presence, which gave rise to fierce fighting in several localities, notably in Teblkoukalt, Bizri, Bourssas and Tighza.

Despite the modesty of their means, the fighters of Aït Baâmrane carried out a series of attacks in 1957 against 16 posts of the Spanish military, thus marking the first step towards the recovery of freedom and independence.

The fight then took on its full dimension, when in 1963, the late HM Hassan II took the opportunity of a stopover in Madrid to remind the Spanish head of state at the time that Morocco intended, in all legitimacy, to regain the enclave of Ifni under its sovereignty, so that the Kingdom could succeed, after a long period of claims and intense negotiations initiated under the aegis of the United Nations Committee for Decolonization, in asserting its natural and legitimate right to the recovery of Tarfaya in 1958 and of Sidi Ifni on June 30, 1969.

On May 18, 1972, the city of Sidi Ifni had the privilege, after its retrocession, of welcoming the late HM Hassan II, a visit which symbolizes the strategic importance that the Moroccan Sovereigns have always granted to all the southern provinces.

Nevertheless, the recovery of Sidi Ifni constitutes a source of pride for all Moroccans, due to its symbolism and its historical value, and allows us to recall the epics of the national fight for independence and national unity, drawing inspiration from the values ​​of resistance, global mobilization and solid attachment of the Moroccan people to the homeland, from the Sahara to the north of the Kingdom.

The recovery of the city represented for the Kingdom only the starting point of a long path of struggle for the completion of its territorial integrity and which was crowned, on November 6, 1975, by the glorious Green March, initiated with genius by the late HM Hassan II for the liberation of the Moroccan Sahara.

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