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Independence Manifesto Day
Morocco

Independence Manifesto Day 2020 and 2021 in Morocco

Each 11 January, Morocco celebrates Independence Manifesto Day, which is also sometimes referred to as “Independence Resistance Day”.

YearDateDayHoliday
202011 JanSatIndependence Manifesto Day
202111 JanMonIndependence Manifesto Day

The holiday looks back to the day in 1944 when Mohammad V and his political supporters sent an official letter to their French colonial rulers demanding independence. They also sent the letter to the U.S.A. and to the U.K. since those two nations were allied with France during World War II and both were active in Morocco and North Africa in their struggle against Nazi Germany.

The manifesto demanding independence was not heeded by France, and it was not until 1956 that Morocco would actually gain independence. And in fact, Mohammad V was exiled to Madagascar in 1953 and only allowed to return to Morocco after much agitation continued in French Morocco to the point France was effectively “brought to the independence negotiation table”.