Moroccan police use water cannon to disperse protest

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Published on March 24, 2019 - Duration: 00:49s

Moroccan police use water cannon to disperse protest

Moroccan police used water cannon to disperse thousands of young teachers protesting in the capital Rabat for better work conditions, a witness said.

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Moroccan police used water cannon early on Sunday (March 24) to disperse thousands of young teachers protesting in the capital Rabat for better work conditions, a witness said.

Authorities were trying to end a rally of an estimated 15,000 teachers in front of parliament where they planned to spend the night ahead of an even bigger demonstration called by a coalition of leftist opposition parties, unions and civil society groups.

Policemen in anti-riot gear moved into action after negotiations between officers and teachers to ask protesters to leave the area broke down after several hours.

Authorities had offered to send buses to drive them to places where they could spend the night, teachers said.

They had been chanting "Liberty, dignity, social justice." There was no immediate comment from the police or the government.

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