Moroccans Protest Against Monarchy

Presstv, 1/2/2012

Scores of Moroccans have taken to the streets of several cities across the country again, calling for an end to the rule of the monarchical regime.

The protest rallies took place in the Moroccan capital Rabat, the western city of Casablanca, and a number of other cities on Sunday.

“The people want the fall of the regime,” some chanted. “The people want the fall of the dictator!” they said in reference to King Mohammed VI.

Similar rallies have been held on a weekly basis across Morocco since early 2011 following the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt.

Parliamentary elections were held in the North African country on November 25, 2011.

Disapproval of the results has ever since been added to the grievances of the protesters, who say the polls failed to bring about true democratic reforms and were held to support Morocco’s corrupt system.


Moroccans say the US-backed ruling monarchy is not committed to real change and protest that the reforms enabled so far are not sufficient since the king still retains key powers and remains the head of the military.

Activists have been demanding social freedom and immediate measures against corruption and nepotism.

The protest rallies have exerted growing pressure on the monarch to amend the constitution and give greater powers to the country’s parliament and the prime minister.

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