November 8, 2020 – 17:40 – Morocco
Interior Minister Abdelouafi Laftit defended his decision to impose an inter-city travel ban on the eve of Eid ul-Adha in the Moroccan Parliament on Nov. 4. The minister stated that it would have been very damaging if this last-minute decision had not been taken, in connection with the spread of the corona virus.
On Sunday, July 26, five days before Eid ul-Adha, around 8 p.m., Moroccans were surprised by the announcement of a travel ban between cities that took effect 4 hours later.
While the decision may have seemed ill-considered to some, Laftit said it was a reasonable decision. Regarding the timing of the announcement, the minister said, “There was no improvisation. We knew what we were doing when we released the decision at the last hour. We hoped that as few people as possible would travel,” said Laftit . However, this did not happen.
Hoping to reach their families before the deadline, many Moroccans took to the road at the same time, causing unprecedented traffic jams and several serious accidents. “What do you want? That we had announced the decision a week in advance. so that even more people would have started traveling? “, the minister responded.