At least 2,000 protesters have gathered in a square in Morocco’s capital, Rabat, to demand that King Mohammed give up some of his powers and clamp down on government corruption.
There were some echoes of the Tunisian and Egyptian uprisings as some people in the crowd waved national flags. But few other similarities as most demonstrators said they didn’t want the King to step down, just parliament reformed.
“Some progress has been made over the past ten years but we are hoping for more change in other domains,” said one demonstrator.
Sentiments shared by another: “Morocco is developing but there needs to be more change. This is a peaceful protest.”
With a reformist monarch and a growing economy, Morocco is widely seen as one of the least likely countries to succumb to the wave of protests across the Arab world.