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Cops disperse demos in Morocco capital

2011-05-23 09:50

Rabat - Police have violently dispersed pro-democracy activists attempting to demonstrate in the streets of Morocco's capital.

Country's pro-reform February 20 movement has been holding demonstrations calling for greater democracy in the North African monarchy.

Helmeted police charged any group of activists attempting to gather on Sunday, sending them running through the streets of Rabat. Several people were injured and briefly detained.

The activists also attempted to stage protests in front of the parliament, but were scattered by police.

The group's attempt to hold a rally on May 15 outside the rumoured location of a secret prison was also violently dispersed.

Activists have condemned what they describe as the government's new zero tolerance policy for protests.