From Ennahar Online:
16 February, 2011 12:17:00
Organizations, associations and opposition political parties, in addition to human rights activists and bloggers, called for a general demonstration on Moroccan territory on the twentieth of this month, requesting the change of the Constitution and the regime.
A group of bloggers, who called themselves “Moroccan movement of 20 February” call for protests to fix what they call the ten mistakes of King Mohamed VI. Leads the change of the monarchy which they believe is the cause of the decline of Morocco which still lives at the times of the middle-ages.
These criticize King Mohammed VI, for having monopolized all the powers. They also criticize corruption practices in the royal palaces by people close to the king. They reject the tradition of kissing the hand and prostration before the king, which they considered a great humiliation.
Several political parties, associations and organizations, such as the Amazigh Congress, the Confederation of Labour, the Moroccan Association for Human Rights and some other Islamist opposition parties, have joined the movement.
The reaction of the royal palace was done by convening the leaders of political parties represented in Parliament by the Ministry of Interior.
The Moroccan Prime Minister Abbas el-Fassi, met with Moroccan party leaders in his home where he asked them to call their supporters to side with the regime.
Morocco has experienced a wave of protests last week, asking for the first time, for change of the regime, creating panic among the security apparatus, when such marches in support of the king turned into protests against his policy.
In Bahrain, two Shiite demonstrators were killed when security forces dispersed anti-government protests, which continued Tuesday, according to the opposition and an official source.
These demonstrations, particularly in Shiite villages, began Monday at the initiative of Internet users who have called on Facebook to protest to demand political and social reforms in the wake of riots in Tunisia and Egypt.
Bahrain, a small Gulf Shiite majority but ruled by a Sunni dynasty, is the poorest country next to the other oil monarchies of the region, its oil reserves had virtually dried up.
A young protester, Ali Mcheimeh, injured Monday night died from his injuries Tuesday morning and a second protester was killed during his funeral Tuesday.
Mcheimeh Ali had been hit during the dispersal of a demonstration in the Shiite village of Diya, east of Manama, witnesses said.
The Interior Ministry confirmed in a statement that the boy had died “as a result of his injuries,” indicating that an investigation would be opened to determine whether security forces had “had an unwarranted use of weapons.”
On Monday, police used tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters in several Shiite villages, as Darraz, west of Manama, Sitra (east), Balad Al-Qadim and Jed Hafs (center), witnesses said.
Self-Immolation Protests Spread to Morocco As Former Soldier Sets Himself on Fire: here.
The EU is ignoring the human rights abuses behind Morocco’s razor wire: here.
Police Fire on Protesters in Iraq: here.
- New Activism in Morocco: #DanielGate and Feb20 (muftah.org)
- Bahrain files lawsuit to shut Shiite clerics council (dailystar.com.lb)