Morocco's King Mohammed VI arrives at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Dec. 12, 2017. (Reuters/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo)
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Morocco's King Mohammed VI has pardoned a total of 188 people linked to the Hirak protest movement on the occasion of Islam's Eid al-Adha religious feast, the National Council on Human Rights said Tuesday.The council initially reported that royal pardons had been granted to 11 activists serving sentences of two to three years in prison for their part in the Al-Hirak al-Shaabi, or Popular Movement, whose protests rocked the northern Rif region from 2016–2017 .A Casablanca court June 26 sentenced 53 Hirak members to prison terms ranging from one year to 20 years.Royal pardons are traditionally handed down at major holidays.
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