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Moroccans stage fresh protests over lack of reforms

15 Apr 2012 13:17

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Moroccan protesters have once again taken to the streets to demand an end to corruption and corruption in the North African country.

Bfnews: One protester was arrested in Bani Ayash following clashes with security forces, with demonstrations calling for deeper political reforms and denouncing heavy-handed police brutality.

The angry demonstrators also seek an end to the rampant tyranny and corruption in government, as well as a solution towards high unemployment.

Moroccans have been engaged in weekly protests since late last year despite King Mohammed IV’s announcement of more reforms -- which give more powers to the prime minister but leaves the king with veto power over most governmental decisions.

The anti-government demonstrations in Morocco began in the wake of the popular uprisings in other North African nations as well as Arab countries in the Middle East.

Moroccans say the recent parliamentary polls in the country failed to display true democratic reforms and that the US-backed ruling monarchy is not committed to real changes.

The country has been facing serious economic troubles over the past few years, with high unemployment and rising levels of poverty.