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Morocco: Casablanca Protest Draws Thousands

Categories: Middle East & North Africa, Morocco, Breaking News, Freedom of Speech, Governance, Human Rights, Politics, Protest

This post is part of our special coverage Morocco Protests 2011 [1].

Protests in Casablanca's Mohammed V square today drew thousands of Moroccans, as evidenced by the many photos and videos being posted online. Participants in the demonstration are demanding government reform and an end to corruption.

On Twitter, @mounirbensalah [2] shares a photograph [3] from Casablanca, showing a sea of men and women demonstrating outside of the Palais de Justice in the city's main square, Mohammed V. The building in the photo is the government finance office.

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Protesters in Casablanca's Place Mohammed V

In this first video, the protests are led by a singer who, using a tune by Moroccan group Nas El Ghiwane (editor's note: we previously and incorrectly stated the musical group to be Hoba Hoba Spirit), mocks Qaddafi while making allusions to Morocco's ruler. He sings: “we are you taking us/leading us brother/are you leading us to Saudia?/I've been receiving one hit after the other/Sarkozy won't welcome me/Obama won't welcome me…”

In this video, protesters applaud in unison:

This video, taken from afar, manages to capture the sheer size of the demonstration:

This post is part of our special coverage Morocco Protests 2011 [1].