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Protesters in Morocco clash with security forces

Anti-government protests have turned violent in some cities of Morocco, with security forces engaging in fierce clashes with the demonstrators.

Clashes erupted between government forces and the protesters in the central city of Beni Mellal on Sunday. The demonstrators torched one of the government forces’ vehicles, threw stones at the riot police and set garbage cans on fire.

Brief scuffles also broke out between protesters and government forces in the northern city of Casablanca, where demonstrates surrounded a police car and forced it to leave the site. Protests in the cities of Fes, Meknes and Tangiers were relatively peaceful.

The protesters condemned the newly-formed government of Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane, saying it is “comprised of mafia members.”

The pro-reform and anti-corruption demonstrations in Morocco have continued since February 2011 despite the introduction of a number of reforms by King Mohammed VI which were approved in a referendum in July 2011.

Moroccans believe the reforms launched by the king have failed to deliver the desired results.

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