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Thousands Across Morocco Demand Political Reforms


A protester holds up a cut-out of the letter "F" in an apparent recognition of the social network site Facebook's role in the recent revolts in Arab countries, Rabat, Morocco, March 20, 2011

A protester holds up a cut-out of the letter "F" in an apparent recognition of the social network site Facebook's role in the recent revolts in Arab countries, Rabat, Morocco, March 20, 2011

Thousands of people turned out Sunday across Morocco, answering an appeal by the February 20 Movement to increase demands for political reforms, improved civil rights and an end to corruption.

The protests went ahead despite the pledge made earlier this month by King Mohamed to undertake political reforms that include giving more power to parliament.

In advance of Sunday's protest, Amnesty International issued an appeal to Moroccan authorities to prevent violence. Last Sunday scores of people were injured when police moved in to break up a protest in Casablanca, the country's largest city.

An organization official spoke of the "unnecessary acts of violence" which he said "make a mockery" of the king's pledge of reform.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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