Thursday 17 August 2017

Moroccans flood streets in protest

People gather for a protest in Rabat. Photo: Reuters
People gather for a protest in Rabat. Photo: Reuters

Thousands flooded on the streets across Morocco yesterday, hoping to wrest some powers from the ruling monarchy, writes Omar Waraich.

At the front of the nearly thousand-strong crowd in Casablanca, excited youths held aloft a banner bearing the image of Mohammed Bouazizi, the Tunisian vegetable seller whose self-immolation touched off the Arab revolt.

A larger demonstration took place in the capital Rabat, where some 5,000 gathered opposite parliament.

The chants at times echoed those heard in Egypt's Tahrir Square.

Some held aloft banners denouncing the government, but paying homage to the 47-year-old king, who inherited this kingdom from his father Hassan II 11 years ago. Even the doughtiest protesters dared not utter his name.

While Morocco has the trappings of a more liberal regime, a fifth of its budget is lavished on its palaces, while the monarchy controls a vast empire of business interests. (© Independent News Service)

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