Protests in Jerada swelled after two brothers drowned scavenging coal deep underground. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal
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The Jerada protests have found common cause with dissent that has rumbled since 2016 in the Rif, also in the north, both groups spurred by the deaths of men desperately trying to make ends meet.At least 10 million people visit its beaches and cities each year, some of them switching from Egypt and Tunisia after those countries suffered political turmoil and militant attacks.Activists renewed a call for protests.Protests had rumbled against high electricity bills before the miners' deaths, and Jerada residents say they will continue, even though dozens of leaders and members of the protest movement in Rif, Hirak al Chaabi, are now on trial.No one at the demonstrations calls for overthrowing the king, who heads the Muslim world's longest continuing dynasty.It announced auto industry projects worth 1.23 billion euros ($1.54 billion) in December and hopes the currency reform will boost investment and help growth reach 3.4 percent this year, after 4 percent last year, when agricultural output was better.Akhenouch, one of Morocco's richest men, announced agricultural investments worth around 28 million dirham ($8 million), local media said, but protests resumed the next day.
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