A group of bloggers, who call themselves “Moroccan movement of 20 February” call for protests in Morocco on 20 February. This is their Internet video calling for the demonstrations; now with English subtitles.
From AFP news agency:
Thousands join Morocco protest rallies
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RABAT — Several thousand people rallied in Moroccan cities on Sunday demanding political reform and limits on the powers of the king, the latest protests demanding change to have rocked the region.
Over 2,000 people took to the streets of the capital Rabat, 4,000 according to the organisers, shouting: “The people want change.”
In Casablanca, the North African nation’s biggest city, over 1,000 people came out demanding: “Freedom, dignity, justice,” an AFP correspondent reported.
The demonstrations were peaceful as of midday.
“I want a Morocco that’s more fair and with less corruption,” said a student demonstrator in Casablanca who asked not to be named.
“We’ve got nothing against the king, but we want more justice and work,” said another student who gave his name as Brahim.
Thousands of young Moroccans have joined the “February 20” movement on the social networking site Facebook, calling for peaceful demonstrations demanding a new constitution limiting the king’s powers and more social justice.
Probably they mean some country other than Morocco, as earlier in this article AFP says the Morocco protest is peaceful.
Ahead of the protest, Morocco promised to inject 1.4 billion euros in subsidies to soften price hikes for staples — a key factor among others including rampant unemployment behind the spreading unrest in the Arab world.
That came despite an earlier reassurance that Morocco was unlikely to see Tunisia or Egypt-style unrest due to ongoing reforms by King Mohammed VI who has ruled the country for over a decade.
Human rights and civil groups as well as independent journalists joined the movement, calling for the adoption of a democratic constitution.
According to Dutch daily De Volkskrant, the demonstrators came in spite of the weather being very bad.
This is a video of the demonstration in Rabat today.
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