Thousands march in Rabat

2013-03-31 21:37
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Rabat - Thousands of people marched through the Moroccan capital on Sunday to protest against unemployment and the cost of living, ahead of plans by the Islamist-led government to push for social and economic reforms.

Protesters marched for "our rights and freedoms" in an action called by two trade unions, chanting slogans against government policies, corruption and the high cost of living.

"Morocco is witnessing social regression," chanted protesters, including activists from the February 20 pro-reform movement, which was born of the Arab Spring protests sweeping the region in 2011.

They also accused Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane of pushing the country into a "ravine."

Police said 3 000 marchers took part in the peaceful protest that wound its way to the parliament building in central Rabat.

Other estimates said they numbered between 5 000 and 10 000.

Morocco is facing slower growth and the budget deficit reached over six percent of GDP in 2011, against a backdrop of 30% youth unemployment.
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