Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:53PM
A Moroccan army veteran holds a bread loaf during a demonstration in the capital of Rabat. (File Photo).

A Moroccan army veteran holds a bread loaf during a demonstration in the capital of Rabat. (File Photo).

Morocco’s riot police have clashed with demonstrators in the western city of Casablanca, where people took to street to protest against the high cost of living and unemployment. Protesters marched in the city on Sunday evening to express their anger over the North African country’s soaring inflation. Dozens of people were injured and several others were arrested when security forces attacked the protesters who were chanting anti-government slogans. Moroccans have witnessed a sharp rise in food prices after their government increased the price of gasoline by 20 percent in January. Protesters say the parliamentary polls last November failed to display true democratic reforms and that the US-backed ruling monarchy is not committed to real changes. The Justice and Development Party won the most seats and formed a coalition government. The country has been facing serious economic troubles over the past few years, with high unemployment and rising levels of poverty. MAM/PG/JR
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