- Title: MOROCCO: ANTI U.S., ANTI-WAR PROTESTS TAKE PLACE IN RABAT.
- Date: 31st March 2003
- Summary: (EU) RABAT, MOROCCO (MARCH 30, 2003) (REUTERS) 1. TV/GV/MV: TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE GATHERED IN PLACE DES ALAOUITES, A LARGE SQUARE OPPOSITE THE TRAIN STATION, FOR ANTI WAR DEMO, PULL BACK TO TOP SHOT OF CROWD; VIEWS OF PROTESTERS CHANTING AND WAVING BANNERS; PROTESTER TEARING DOWN AND SETTING FIRE TO LARGE MACDONALD'S POSTER WHICH ADVERTISTES THE RESTAURANT; PROTESTERS CHANTING, PULL BACK TO SHOW TOP SHOT OF CROWD; ANTI WAR POSTER; PROTESTERS HOLDING POSTER READING: "Bush is a war criminal" (8 SHOTS) 1.38 2. MCU: SOUNDBITE (Arabic) PROTESTER MOUSTAFA RAID, ISLAMIST JUSTICE AND DEVELOPMENT PARTY, SAYING: "The Moroccans who are here today have come to express their opposition to the war and the western aggression of Britain and the U.S. against the Iraqi people. We say to the Iraqi people that they are not alone in this battle." 1.59 3. MCU: SOUNDBITE (French) PROTESTER FATALLAH OULALOU, MOROCCAN FINANCE MINISTER, SAYING: "We're sending a message against the war, against the aggression, against a new kind of colonisation. It's a step back for humanity, so we're here above all to say 'no' to war. At the same time our thoughts are with the Iraqi people." 2.18 4. MCU: SOUNDBITE (Arabic) PROTESTER KHADIJA BEKKALI, WHO HAD BEEN A HUMAN SHIELD IN IRAQ, SAYING: "We ask the British government and leaders, and we call upon other countries, to stop this war, which is an illegal war, and this aggression against the people there. 2.36 5. MCU/MV/TV: MORE VIEWS OF PROTESTERS CHANTING (4 SHOTS) 3.03 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 15th April 2003 13:00
- Location: RABAT, MOROCCO
- Country: Morocco
- Reuters ID: LVABDG8M9NIJY8LQA4788BHVNENR
- Story Text: About 150,000 Moroccans poured through the streets of
Rabat to protest the U.S.-led war against Iraq. They waved
banners and burned a sign from a MacDonald's restaurant.
The protesters gathered in a large square opposite the
train station in the city of Rabat on Sunday (March 30) to
show their opposition to the war.
The protesters chanted and waved banners. And they cheered
when a group of protesters pulled down a large MacDonald's
restaurant poster and set it alight.
It was the first major demonstration to be approved by
Moroccan authorities since the start of the war. Protesters
accused the United States, Britain and Israel of plotting to
control Iraq before attacking other Muslim countries in the
Skirmishes broke out between police and protesters, with
one policeman reported to have been seriously hurt. Police
dispersed the march ahead of schedule as tension rose.
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