Rival groups march over king’s reforms in Morocco

CASABLANCA, Morocco,  (Reuters) – Thousands of rival  demonstrators marched through cities in Morocco yesterday over  constitutional reforms proposed by King Mohammed after unrest  inspired by “Arab Spring” uprisings in the Arab world.

Critics of the reforms say they do not go far enough to  reduce his powers. The march against the monarch’s measures was  the latest in a wave of protests in the North African state and  comes days before a July 1 referendum on the reform plan.

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

Aziz Yaakoubi, a member of the “February 20” pro-democracy  street movement named after its founding date, said two of the  protesters were injured after being pelted with stones by a  group of rival demonstrators in favour of the king’s reform.

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