Thousands march in Morocco over king's reforms

CASABLANCA, Morocco - Thousands of peoplemarched through cities in Morocco on Sunday either to protest orto support constitutional reforms proposed by King Mohammed inreaction to unrest inspired by "Arab Spring" uprisings in theArab world.

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

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

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