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Months of protests erupted in the Rif region around the northern city of Al-Hoceima last October, triggered by the death of a fishmonger whose produce was confiscated by police.Dozens of family members chanted outside the Casablanca courthouse where 17 detained protest leaders were due to go on trial along with two others who are currently free. The trial was postponed until Oct. 3, attorneys said.The Al-Hirak al-Shaabi protest movement was born after the death in October of fishmonger Mouhcine Fikri in Al-Hoceima. Political protests are rare in Morocco, where the royal palace remains the ultimate power.
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