Moroccan youth movement vows to start protests Sunday

February 20th, 2011 - 6:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Facebook Dubai, Feb 20 (IANS) A youth movement in Morocco vowed to go ahead with its plans for staging peaceful nationwide protests Sunday, a media report said.Citing Dubai-based Al-Arabiya TV, Xinhua reported that the movement called for the protests after amassing several thousands of supporters on social networking website Facebook, inspired by pro-democracy protests in neighbouring Tunisia and Egypt.

“Sunday is the genuine start for our struggle and there is no pull-out of it whatever rumors are being circulated,” the February 20 Movement for Change said in a statement.

It also denounced a call by one of its organisers to pull out the protests over a dispute with Islamists.

Rachid Antid, one of the movement leaders, said earlier he was pulling out of the rally due to a dispute with Islamist groups.

In a statement carried by state-run MAP news agency, Antid said some members linked to Islamists and far-left groups “want to ride on a peaceful initiative and give it an ideological feature we don’t agree”.

The outlawed Islamist Justice and Charity, reportedly Morocco’s biggest opposition force, and some leftist groups said they would take part in the rally.

Antid’s group was the first to call for nationwide protests Sunday to push for constitutional reforms and call on the king to dismiss the government and dissolve parliament.

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