Arab Spring Protests Reach Morocco
On May 16, 2003, terrorists believed to be
associated with al-Qaeda killed 33 people in several simultaneous attacks.
Four bombs targeted Jewish, Spanish, and Belgian buildings in Casablanca.
In the 2004 terrorist bombings in Madrid, Spain, numerous Moroccans were
A wave of suicide bombings struck Casablanca in
March and April 2007. Authorities were not certain if the attacks were
Early in 2011, tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters gathered in various cities, calling for a shift to a constitutional monarchy in what was termed the February 20th movement. King Mohammed VI answered with promises of reform, which took the shape of a constitutional referendum in July. February 20th supporters called for a boycott of the referendum, calling the included reforms inadequate and taking offense at its intent to bolster the king's position as "supreme arbiter" of political and institutional life.
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