Morocco: demonstrations pro and against the king

In cities across Morocco yesterday, thousands of people took part in rival demonstrations, for and against, proposed constitutional reforms by King Mohammed VI.

Under a new draft constitution to be put to a referendum on July 1, the king would remain head of state and the military but devolve some of his other powers to the government.

The proposed reforms are a response to nationwide protests on February 20th inspired by the Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.

For more we spoke with Paul Silverstein, associate professor of anthropology at Reed College in Portland Oregon. He specializes in North African society and politics.

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