Morocco: thousands march in rejection of proposed constitutional reforms

Some 10,000 marched in Casablanca June 19 in answer to a call from Morocco’s youth-based February 20 Movement, which has rejected constitutional reforms proposed by King Mohammed VI. Among the marchers in the city’s popular Derb Soltaine neighborhood were members of the Islamist Justice and Charity group. Rabat also saw a large march against the proposed reform package, and a much smaller march in support of the king was also held in Casablanca. The February 20 Movement said the proposed reforms would leave in place a network of privilege and patronage surrounding the king. While stopping short of a call for abolition of the monarchy, the movement is calling for democratic restrictions on the king’s power. (AFP, MoroccoBoard News Service, June 19)

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