Sunday, March 13, 2011

Riot police have broken up an unauthorized protest in Casablanca by several hundred people, including many supporters of Morocco's best-known Islamist movement.

The state-run MAP news agency says members of the banned Islamist group, the Justice and Spirituality movement, gathered on a Casablanca square and "tried to start their march with violence" on Sunday.

An Interior Ministry official told The Associated Press that about 50 protesters were arrested and four officers injured.

A movement spokesman couldn't be immediately reached for comment via mobile phone.

King Mohammed VI said Wednesday that Morocco will revise its constitution for the first time in 15 years - part of steps to build greater democracy amid a push for it across the Arab world.


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