The Green March: A Royal Nationalism under the Banner of Islam

By Marguerite Rollinde

English

On November 6, 1975, 350,000 Moroccans crossed the border between Morocco and Spanish Sahara. This peaceful mass mobilization of Moroccan people was on king Hassan II's sole initiative, his intention being to challenge the international community by “getting back” a controversial territory. Nevertheless, this march will be interpreted as a plebiscite bonding the king and his subjects through an “act of faith” whose “essence and impetus is based on a secular story”. Today, it is still considered as a founding symbol of Moroccan royal nationalism. It would be sacrilege to put in question such evidence, although, twenty years later, the territory dispute is still pending and Saharawi people's right to self-determination is still denied.

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