Moroccan police break up rally, hurt dozens

March 13, 2011 23:22

RABAT - Dozens of people were injured in Morocco's biggest city, Casablanca, on Sunday when riot police used truncheons to break up a rally by several hundred demonstrators demanding reforms, witnesses said.

"This was a peaceful rally, we don't know what made the police attack a peaceful protest," Ghizlaine Benameur, an opposition activist who took part in the rally, told Reuters by telephone from Casablanca.

"This has been their most violent intervention since the start of the protests last month," she said.

The demonstrators had gathered in Casablanca's main King Mohammed Square for the rally, which organisers said was no different from demonstrations they had held every week for the past month.

"Dozens of protesters ended up with broken ribs, fractured arms and concussion," as a result of truncheon blows by the police, said Ahmed Mediani, a protester who was briefly arrested.

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