Protest wave hits Morocco, king 'will not give in'

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People demonstrate in the streets of Tetouan, Morocco, on Feb. 20. / AFP

CAIRO — At least five people were killed and about 130 injured in protests that swept the Moroccan kingdom. In some cities, rioters were said to have attacked government buildings, banks and police stations. In all, 37,000 people were said to have joined the opposition.

“We will not give in to the demagogues,” Moroccan King Mohammed said.

Clashes between security forces and protesters were reported in such cities as Larache, Marrakesh, Sefrou and Tangier on Feb. 20. In one attack in the northern town of Hoceima, rioters torched a bank in which five people were later found dead.

“Some troublemakers forced their way into a customs building and stole drugs and alcohol,” Interior Minister Tayeb Cherkaoui said.

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