Is Morocco next in line for mass uprisings?

Pro-democracy activists in Morocco are gearing up for more mass demonstrations this month, unsatisfied with the king’s pledge to carry out “comprehensive” constitutional reform.

Inspired by the success of protesters elsewhere in North Africa, tens of thousands of Moroccans took to the streets on 20 February.

King Mohammed VI responded three weeks later, promising changes that would dilute his absolute hold on power.

The prime minister calls it a “peaceful revolution”. But the protest leaders insist the proposals fall far short of their demands.

“Our first demand is a constitution for the people and by the people – a complete reform,” says Montasser Drissi, one of the original group of young protesters.

The February 20th movement grew quickly via Facebook and is now calling for further rallies this Sunday and the following week.


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