A protestor attends a demonstration against official abuses and corruption in the town of Al-Hoceima, Morocco early June 3, 2017. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal
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A protester who fell into a coma after being wounded in protests that have shaken northern Morocco died in hospital Tuesday, a lawyer and a judicial official said.Imad al-Attabi, a 22-year-old from the northern city of Al-Hoceima, is the first protester to die since people took to the streets in the surrounding Rif region in October over corruption, injustice and underdevelopment.His death is likely to exacerbate the protests that have spread to other parts of the country and are the largest in Morocco since the 2011 Arab Spring.On July 30, King Mohammad VI delivered his first public address since the beginning of the protests, pardoning nearly 60 Hirak members and blaming local officials stoking public anger by failing to quickly implement development projects.
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