Abdelouahed Belakbir: The Death of a Hard-Core Leftist

Considered one of the most important symbols of the Moroccan left in the 1970s, Abdelouahed Belakbir has just passed away after a long struggle with illness. Those who knew him describe him as a hard-core leftist and a fiercely patriotic activist who paid heavily for his opinions and positions through which he always sided with the principles of democracy and human rights.

Abdelouahed Belakbir died at the age of 72 at the home of his former wife, the feminist activist and leader of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces, Latifa Jbabdi, leaving a deep sorrow in the hearts of his friends and comrades. He is one of the most important founders of the Moroccan left, created in the 1960s. He joined the ranks of the National Union of Moroccan Students, an organization that gave birth to the most famous leaders of the left. In just a few years, he became one of the most important figures of the student movement, just as he served as vice-president of the 5th Congress of UNEM.

Abdelouahed Belakbir was born in 1947 in Marrakech. He lived through the atrocities of arrests and imprisonment because of his political opinions and positions. He also went through many organizations and political parties in which he was active, whether it be within the March 23rd Organization, the Organization of Democratic and Popular Action, the Social Democratic Party of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces or the Moroccan Organization of Human Rights, before his illness prevented him from continuing his journey as an outstanding activist.

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