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    Ahram (Egypt) - Saturday, 04 February 2012 Moroccan government calls for calm after riots Government denounces violent clashes between youths and police in
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      Ahram (Egypt) - Saturday, 04 February 2012

      Moroccan government calls for calm after riots

      Government denounces violent clashes between youths and police in the
      town of Taza that injured around 100 people on both sides and urges
      dialogue as the only means to resolve problems
      AFP, Friday 3 Feb 2012

      http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/33635/World/Region/Moroccan-government-calls-for-calm-after-riots.aspx


      Morocco's Communications Minister Mustapha Khelfi called Friday for
      talks and a return to calm after violent clashes between youths and
      police in the northeastern town of Taza, where dozens were injured.
      "Calm prevails in Taza and we are getting on top of the situation. The
      authorities are concerned with maintaining order and with responding to
      the legitimate demands of the population," Khelfi told AFP.

      The mid-week clashes pitted the police against mainly unemployed youths
      and other disadvantaged persons, injuring about 100 people on both
      sides, according to Moroccan press reports.

      Several papers on Friday showed front-page pictures of burnt-out cars
      and public buildings that had been ransacked. Taza is in one of the
      poorest parts of the north African kingdom, where such violence is sporadic.

      "Dialogue is the only means to resolve these problems. Insofar as the
      right to demonstrate peacefully is guaranteed, the respect for public
      property should also be ensured," Khelfi said.

      Morocco's new government, which was officially put in place by
      parliament last week, is confronted with difficult social conditions
      with a high rate of unemployment in the nation of 33 million people,
      most of whom are poor.
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