Nowadays, there’s a great fuss made about the manifestation of a group of non fasters who decided to take their sandwiches and eat them in public during day time in Ramadan 7 hours before sunset, the time of “Ftour” (break fast). Leaded by “Zaineb Al Ghazawi”, the journalist in the weekly magazine "Le Journal Hebdomadaire", the members of a group named itself “Mali” "The Alternative Movement for the Defense of Individual Liberties” decided to eat their sandwiches in public in front of the train station in the city of “Mouhamadeia”. This group said that they took this initiative to show their refusal to the article 222 of the Moroccan Penal Code which penalizes public breakfast in Ramadan. But the local authorities quickly ended the manifestation.
Of course, it’s not the first time that someone do not fast in Ramadan here in Morocco, but what’s new is to invite media to witness public breakfast. For decades, in addition to Jews and Christians who are not obliged to fast, there are also Moroccans who do not fast but no one has ever been penalized. What’s to be respected, at least, is the feelings of this majority of Muslims. I’m not against the idea of not fasting, every one is free to do what he believes in, but he should in turn consider the freedom of others. And when we eat in public, while the majority fast, this is a little bit wired and touches the freedom of this majority.
There are many restaurants opened for non-fasters from foreigners and Moroccans, and everyone could go there and practice his complete freedom without being attacked. Also, no one will get in his home to force him for not eating, so he’s his freedom. But, all this fuss is a little bit far of individual liberties as it seems, but it has some smell of polemic.