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Protests against corruption spread to Moroccan capital

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in the Moroccan capital Rabat on Sunday, June 11, protesting against corruption and abuses of power.

The Rabat protests are reportedly being led by an Islamist opposition group, Al Adl Wa Al Ihssane, which seeks to make Morocco an Islamist state.

The protests against the Moroccan government started in the city of al-Hoceima in October, after a fish salesman was crushed to death in a garbage truck. The man, Mouhcine Fikri, was attempting to recover his fish that police were attempting to confiscate.

Protests have snowballed since, and corruption and unemployment are two central topics for the movement.

The BBC reported that protests in Rif, the northern mountainous region of Morocco where al-Hoceima is located, have maintained momentum because citizens have felt neglected by the central government for years.

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