- Title: Morocco's king criticises politicians, pardons some protesters
- Date: 30th July 2017
- Summary: AL-HOCEIMA, MOROCCO (RECENT - JULY 20, 2017) (REUTERS) PROTESTERS GATHERING SECURITY PERSONNEL FIRING TEAR GAS CANISTERS AT PROTESTERS PROTESTERS MAKING ARREST GESTURES, CHANTING (Arabic): "THE PEOPLE DEMAND THE RELEASE OF THE DETAINED" / RIOT POLICE PROTESTERS CHANTING PROTESTERS CHANTING, RIOT POLICE TOPSHOT OF RIOT POLICE FIRING TEAR GAS PROTESTERS MAKING ARREST GESTURES WITH HANDS, CHANTING RIOT POLICE, PROTESTERS PROTESTERS CHANTING (Arabic): "PEACEFUL, PEACEFUL" TOPSHOT OF RIOT POLICE FIRING TEAR GAS
- Embargoed: 13th August 2017 15:31
- Keywords: Morocco King pardons some protesters protests Al Hoceima fishmonger
- Location: RABAT AND AL-HOCEIMA, MOROCCO
- City: RABAT AND AL-HOCEIMA, MOROCCO
- Country: Morocco
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0046RWRHAF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Morocco's King Mohamed VI accused politicians and political parties of neglect of duty on Saturday (July 29) after pardoning 1,178 inmates including protesters.
The pardon included some protesters who have taken to the streets in the Rif region around the city of Al-Hoceima since October.
A week earlier police fired tear gas and used truncheons to scatter hundreds of protesters in northern Morocco, part of the biggest wave of demonstrations in the kingdom since Arab Spring-inspired rallies in 2011.
It was his first public address since the October demonstrations over injustice, corruption and underdevelopment following the death of Mouhcine Fikri, a fishmonger crushed in a garbage truck retrieving stock confiscated by police. Fikri's death triggered widespread anger and protests in the Rif region around Al-Hoceima, the town where he worked.
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