Anti-government protests staged in Morocco
August 12, 2012
Hundreds of Morrocans have taken to the streets across the country to protest against corruption, high cost of living and other causes of discontent.
About 1,000 people, who were chanting anti-corruption slogans, denouncing the sharp hike in prices, and calling for the release of imprisoned activists, held a demonstration late on Saturday in Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city.
In Rabat, the capital, some 300 people gathered and chanted slogans against Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane and King Mohammed VI.
The protesters also held anti-government banners. “Free the activists… Stop the repression of the people!” one banner read.
Activists of the pro-reform February 20 movement have been jailed for participating in the so-called unauthorized protests.
According to witnesses, hundreds of people also held anti-government demonstrations in the central city of Marrakesh and in Tangier, the port city on Morocco’s north coast.
The demonstrations were called by rights groups, trade unionists and the February 20 movement.