24-05-2022 09:14 AM Jerusalem Timing

Moroccan Police Injure Five Protesters

Moroccan Police Injure Five Protesters

At least five people have been injured in clashes between police forces and demonstrators in the Moroccan city of Hoceima.

At least five people have been injured in clashes between police forces and demonstrators in the Moroccan city of Hoceima.

The clashes erupted Thursday when protesters began chanting anti-regime slogans, calling on the government to create more jobs and establish social justice.

Two of the injured are reported in critical condition.

Popular anti-regime demonstrations have been a weekly occurrence in Morocco since earlier this year.

Activists have been demanding social freedom and immediate measures against corruption and nepotism.

The protest rallies have exerted growing pressure on the US-backed King Mohammad VI to amend the constitution and give greater powers to the country's parliament and the prime minister.

Moroccans, however, say the reforms are not sufficient since the king still retains key powers and remains the head of the military.

Protesters say the November 25 polls failed to display true democratic reforms and that the US-backed ruling monarchy is not committed to real changes.