Teens arrested for kissing in Morocco spark #NadorKiss tweetstorm

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The arrest of two teenagers who uploaded a photo of themselves kissing to Facebook has sparked a massive, ongoing debate about personal freedoms in Morocco, and this week, as the couple's case goes to trial, online hacktivist group Anonymous is rallying behind them in support.

On Oct. 3, a 14-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy were arrested in the city of Nador and jailed for "violating public decency" after posting a photo of themselves kissing in front of their school on Facebook. According to Al Jazeera, a 16-year-old friend of the couple was also arrested for taking the picture. 
 
The trio was released on bail Oct. 7, but they are scheduled to appear in court Nov. 22 when they each face up to two years in prison.
 
Debate over the issue has been rampant among Moroccans in recent weeks according to local reports.

Written By: Lauren O’Neil
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15 COMMENTS

  1. This prudery is odd. I have always thought of Morocco as a tourist destination, at least for gays, looking for abundant sex.

    We Canadians tolerate nudity at certain public beaches, but nowhere else. These beaches tend to be remote. It is more a recognising of custom. I think we Canadians would be huffy if someone told us we were medieval prudes for our attitude to beachwear. It is arbitrary.

    If you think about it, what would be the problem with public sex? It does not harm anyone. It merely offends someone’s sense of propriety. Some cultures tolerate it.

    For me, the big problems come with laws telling you what you can and cannot do in private. Regulating something that has no effect on others is nuts.

    Perhaps we need some universal set of freedoms for children. I doubt the freedom to kiss would make consensus.

    • In reply to #1 by Roedy:

      This prudery is odd. I have always thought of Morocco as a tourist destination, at least for gays, looking for abundant sex.

      We Canadians tolerate nudity at certain public beaches, but nowhere else. These beaches tend to be remote. It is more a recognising of custom. I think we Canadians would be…

      Nothing to do with prudery, Roedy- see IDLERACER below…

    • In reply to #1 by Roedy:

      If you think about it, what would be the problem with public sex?

      Someone might like to correct me, but I think humans are the only creatures on earth that hide to have sex. Still, I’m not sure sex in public would be appropriate if there are children around.

  2. Would the powers that be rather see young people break shop windows, vandalise public transport, or perhaps blow themselves and others up in a public square? If this is the worst that young people do, the authorities should leave them alone; that’s what young people have always done in history, will always do in the future, and should be allowed to do, especially that they are not harming anyone but are only expressing positive feelings for each other.

    • In reply to #3 by HenMie:

      Would the powers that be rather see young people break shop windows, vandalise public transport, or perhaps blow themselves and others up in a public square?

      Actually, yes, I think they would. Because they have centuries of practice controlling and directing angry violent young men. They know there have absolutely nothing to offer a young man with a girlfriend. And they don’t consider women to be people, and don’t think to offer them anything.

  3. A perfect example of what happens when any religion, in this case Islam is the dominant factor in any country. It will warp any rational thought or deed because of it’s willingness to take offence.

  4. Again, this story plays to the feelings most adults have that the world is going to hell because of young people – urgh!

    “It wasn’t like that in my day … blah blah blah”

    or famously any sentence which starts or finishes with

    “These days … blah blah blah”

    Being tough on crime – whatever the crime – always seems to be a vote winner. We need to challenge the idea that the world is a worse place today than yesterday because obviously, it isn’t.

    Note, in hushed terms like an advert … “World hot spots may go up or down. Our impact on the environment is not included in this statement.”.

  5. Had they been screaming for the murder of infidels, cartoonists or women without head gear, would they have been arrested?

    And Islam wonders why its claim of being a peaceful religion is not taken seriously. Doh!

  6. When I found this article here today, my reaction was actually much more positive than that of others who have commented here so far. I hope I can provide some wider perspective on this incident because it’s not understandable as just a violation of legal or religious rules. If we only see it in that narrow framework then we will produce the usual hopeless, derogatory and unproductive statements.

    What we should know about the social situation in the North African Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia) is that there is a huge population bubble of young people who are balancing on the edge of a cultural paradigm shift. Tension has been building in this society for years between fundamentalists on one side and secular progressives on the other. The young people are caught in the middle and are now the victims of fundamentalist Muslims, corrupt and ineffective government, and lingering effects of colonialism.

    I have approximately 50 nieces and nephews in Algeria through marriage and when they communicate the degree of their despair and hopelessness to me and their Uncle and their other cousins here in the States it’s so upsetting to us because there’s very little we can do to help these kids.

    Now multiply this effect by several million and I think you will have some idea of the state of affairs in that region. With sexual activity being so risky that they fear murderous retaliation from their own and other families, marriage was the only avenue open to these young people in the past. This system worked well enough in the past but things have changed and this is not working anymore. With a huge unemployment rate, severe housing shortage and new ideas of what family life should look like that are flooding into their minds from social media, the old tribal ways are looking more and more impossible and oppressive to this bunch. They want to marry and have their own living space. They want cars and jobs and good schools and good health care. They want efficient governments that don’t make them beg and bribe and grovel for basic services. But mostly what they want is just to have a free association with with members of the opposite sex! Just to sit around in a cafe and have a pleasant social interaction would be such a relief to these kids.

    This is what the kiss is about. It’s also what Amina of Tunisia was about. The old ways are on the way out and the new relaxed society is on the way in. It’s a major social transition and it’s not going to be a smooth one. Powerful forces are battling back against these young people (and many of their progressive parents) but I know they’re headed in the right direction.

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