Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration against corruption and official abuses, in the Rif region in Rabat, Morocco June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer
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Nightly clashes between protesters and Moroccan security forces in the flashpoint city of Al-Hoceima over the region's marginalization are turning violent, a witness and a news website said Friday.A local official in Al-Hoceima blamed youth protesters for the clashes and said one policewoman was wounded.The stepped up protests come after a court Wednesday sentenced 25 demonstrators and suspected members of their grassroots movement to 18 months in jail each, according to their defense lawyer.Authorities have banned a demonstration called for by activists and labor unions to mark the anniversary next Tuesday of the June 20, 1981 food riots that shook Casablanca.Around 100 people were killed 36 years ago in a police crackdown on protesters in Casablanca who were demonstrating against an increase in the cost of food.
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