Morocco softens line against pro-democracy protests

June 6, 2011 02:28


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RABAT/CASABLANCA - Anti-government protests in Morocco's two main cities ended without any violence on Sunday after authorities appeared to soften their line against an increasingly defiant pro-democracy movement.

Thousands of people converged on a main square in Casablanca but there was no sign of riot police who beat and injured protesters in previous demonstrations.

"They dealt with it tactically and cleverly in order to blunt the pent-up anger from police violence at previous demonstrations," said Mounaim Ouihi, one of Sunday's organizers.

Some 60,000 people took part in the demonstration, he said.

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