Thousands march in Morocco over king's reforms

June 26, 2011 23:40

CASABLANCA, Morocco - Thousands of people marched through cities in Morocco on Sunday either to protest or to support constitutional reforms proposed by King Mohammed in reaction to unrest inspired by "Arab Spring" uprisings in the Arab world.

Critics of the reforms says they do not go far enough to reduce his powers. The march against the monarch's measures was the latest in a wave of marches in the North African state and comes days before a July 1 referendum on the reform plan.

"We reject the offers made (by the king). They keep the essence of authority in the hands of a non-elected person who will not be subject to any form of accountability," said Hamid, a jobless 38-year-old among 7,000 protesters who marched through a working class suburb of Casablanca, Morocco's largest city.

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