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Cablegate: King and People's Revolution Day Speech

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RUEHCL/AMCONSUL CASABLANCA IMMEDIATE 2022

UNCLAS RABAT 001574

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STATE FOR NEA/MAG

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL MO
SUBJECT: KING AND PEOPLE'S REVOLUTION DAY SPEECH

REF: A. RABAT 01450
B. RABAT 01504

1. (U) Summary: On August 21, Morocco celebrated the
fifty-third anniversary of the "Revolution of the King and
the People Day." The king's speech underlined the
significance of citizens uniting to "build a modern Morocco
and turn the country into a highly motivated, enterprising
and dedicated nation, boasting plenty of ambition and
resourcefulness and yearning for progress and development."
At the same time he underscored the "ultimate objective (as)
build(ing) a nation with increased regional and international
aura, a closely united nation, priding itself on the
harmonious, indissoluble bonds uniting its Throne and its
People." End Summary.

2. (U) The king referred to his grandfather, Mohammed V,
and his father, Hassan II, as "brave martyrs of the
Resistance," a formula he often uses in speeches. He called
on Moroccans to "enhance the free, independent state they
bequeathed to us, and enrich it with further accomplishments
and illustrious achievements." For the king, "ethical values
include constant uncompromising commitment to principles and
allegiance to the sacred tenets of the nation, which should
override any individual interests or personal considerations."

3. (U) Calling on all citizens to "harness their energies,"
he pointed to the National Initiative for Human Development
(INDH) as the means by which every citizen will achieve a
"dignified life." While sacrifice for "our fathers" meant
independence, today it means "integrated development." The
king stressed that the youth are the nation's energy.

4. (SBU) The king's speech commemorating past struggles for
independence and celebrating youth pointed, as did his Throne
Day speech (reftels A, B), to the community of citizens that
will enhance Morocco's future possibilities and improve its
status. He firmly re-stated that Morocco's future is in the
hands of every citizen and that citizens must work together
to fulfill the goals of sustainable and continuous
development. He reaffirmed the links between the people, the
throne, national unity and territorial integrity. The
speech's language is a call for Moroccans to recognize and
appropriate the past while looking towards the development of
a positive future.

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