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Sunday, 20 February 2011

Morrocco: Uprisings Spread!

RABAT (Al Arabiya, Agencies)
Thousands of people took to the streets in several Moroccan cities to demand that King Mohammad VI give up some of his powers, dissolve the government and parliament, fight corruption and give more rights to the country’s Indigenous Amazigh people. 

Some people in a crowd in Rabat were waving Tunisian and Egyptian flags in recognition of the popular uprisings that overthrew the two countries' presidents.
A Feb.20 Movement source told Al Arabiya that more than 20,000 demonstrated in front of the parliament, but a security source the number was less than 3,000.

In Casablanca, Morocco's largest city, about 10,000 people marched in some main streets. Witnesses said rainy weather and the suspension of bus service in Rabat and Casablanca prevented more people from joining the protests.

In Marrakesh about 50,000 also took part in the nationwide call for reform.

Throughout the country, the Feb.20 Movement estimated the number of protesters at about 140,000 until noon, a number expected to rise in the evening hours.

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