People shout slogans during a protest after two miners died while working in a clandestine coal mine, in Jerada, Morocco December 26, 2017. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal
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Moroccan authorities have promised to close all abandoned mines in Jerada after months of social unrest in the former mining town in the country's northeast.Jerada has seen waves of peaceful demonstrations since the deaths in December of two brothers trapped in an abandoned mine shaft, as they tried to illegally mine coal.Demonstrations resumed again earlier this month after authorities arrested protest leaders, prompting the ministry of interior to ban all "illegal demonstrations" in the poverty-stricken town of 43,000 people.Violent clashes on Wednesday last week left more than 300 police officers and 32 demonstrators injured, according to Gourgi.
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