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Thousands demand change in Morocco

Moroccans join the ranks of Arab revolutionaries calling for change

AFP , Sunday 20 Feb 2011
This Saturday 12 February 2011 photo shows Moroccan leader of a group of young activists calling itself "Democracy and Freedom" Oussama el Khlifi, during a demonstration in Rabat, Morocco. (AP)

Several thousand people rallied in Moroccan cities on Sunday demanding political reform and limits on the powers of the king, the latest of protests demanding change to have rocked the region.

Over 2,000 people took to the streets of the capital Rabat, 4,000 according to the organisers, shouting: "The people want change."

In Casablanca, the North African nation's biggest city, over 1,000 people came out demanding: "Freedom, dignity, justice," an AFP correspondent reported.

Young Moroccans have called the kingdom-wide demonstrations demanding broad political reforms and gathered several thousand supporters on the social networking site Facebook.

The call appeared to replicate the origins of what became dubbed as "Facebook revolutions" that toppled decades-old regimes in Tunisia and Egypt and sparked deadly protests in Bahrain, Yemen, Algeria and Morocco.

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