Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thousands in Rabat Call for Boycott of Upcoming Elections

Here is an short piece from the AP on the continued calls for election boycotts in Morocco.

Thousands call for Morocco election boycott

(AP) – 46 minutes ago

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Thousands of Moroccans from the pro-democracy movement braved pouring rain and high winds in the capital to make a final call to boycott upcoming elections.

At least 3,000 people marched through downtown Rabat on Sunday, chanting slogans against the elections. It was the largest of these weekly demonstrations by activists in months.

Early elections are being held Friday in the North African kingdom as part of government reform efforts responding to pro-democracy demonstrations earlier this year.

Protesters, however, maintain that the political system is corrupt and elections are pointless when the king and his court hold the real power. Past parliamentary elections in Morocco were marred by low turnouts.

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

1 comment:

  1. I just hope that the regime is listening to these numerous voices that are yearning for more democracy and more freedoms.
    I am not optimistic about this taking place.
    Dictatorships have a tendency to almost always be mute to legitimate demands from their people. And this almost always leads to struggles and inevitably the dictator ends up dead or thrown out of the country.
    It is not something I want to happen in Morocco, but it seems we are headed in this direction.