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Monday, February 21, 2011

Demands for change in Morocco

The wave of protests against autocratic Middle Eastern regimes spread to Morocco on Sunday.
Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Morocco on Sunday to demand changes to the nation's constitution, defying predictions that this thousand-year-old monarchy would prove an exception to the demands for greater democracy that are sweeping the region.

In Rabat, the capital, a crowd of as many as 10,000 people marched through the streets chanting: "Down with autocracy" and "The people want to change the constitution," as well as slogans against the government, corruption and state television.

Smaller crowds also gathered in Casablanca, the nation's business center. Video clips uploaded to Youtube overnight showed what purported to be groups of protesters in Tangier, Fes, Marrakesh and other cities Sunday, including several clashes with police and apparent vandalism.

A clip from Al Hoceima, a port in northern Morocco, showed a hotel gutted by fire and young men milling around among broken glass from the blown-out windows. Clips purporting to be from Tangier and Sefrou, a town near Fes, showed skirmishes with police. In the clip from Sefrou, a group of police severely beat one protester with clubs. It wasn't immediately possible to confirm the scenes shown in these videos.
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At 12:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is going on in morocco has little to do with a want for democracy.

the king is well loved, and has been making reforms.

i heard a couple of interviews on npr yesterday....with women.

when asked why they were protesting, they said, because their husbands were in prison.

when asked what the charges were....they said "terrorism"...yet they insisted that their husbands werent terrorists....sure, there were terrorists arrested after the bombings in morocco, but their hubbies were innocent.

these protests are being organized by islamists to overturn the king...and put in a terrorist state.

hope they are crushed


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