10 square meters bridge banner calling Morocco to repeal penal code article 489
For the first time, the Amsterdam Gay Parade called for the repeal of penal code article 489. This call have been highlighted with two Moroccan Boats: Pink Marrakesh Boat and Stichting Secret Garden boat.
One of the Amsterdam famous bridges hosted the 10 square meter banner, titled: “Hey Morocco! Love is not a crime #STOP489”.
Though the judiciary does not provide statistics, Morocco frequently imprisons men under penal code article 489, which provides for terms of up to three years and fines of up to 1000 dirhams. The draft revisions to the penal code that the Justice Ministry introduced in 2015 maintain this offense and the applicable prison terms, while increasing the fines.