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Morocco: Demonstrators Defy Protest Ban to Demand Reforms

HeadlineJul 21, 2017

In Morocco, riot police used clubs and tear gas to scatter hundreds of people marching through the streets of al-Hoceima Thursday, as they defied a government ban on demonstrations to protest corruption and underdevelopment. The protests were the largest seen in Morocco since last October, when thousands turned out in cities across Morocco after the death of a fish seller who was crushed in a garbage truck while trying to retrieve fish confiscated by police. The death became the rallying point for a wider movement for economic justice and civil liberties in the kingdom.

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