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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The wave of prodemocracy protests shaking up the Arab world spread to Morocco on Sunday, as thousands of people reportedly marched in cities across the North African nation.

Protesters demanded a new constitution to bring more democracy to the kingdom, the

Associated Press

reported. In the capital of Rabat, marchers called for economic opportunity, educational reform and better health services, the news service added.

Although the main target of the protests was Morocco's parliament, they're likely to also pressure King Mohammed VI, who holds absolute authority, the



Most of the marches were peaceful, the

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reported, citing officials.

But in Marrakech, a McDonald's restaurant and a clothing store were vandalized, and in Larache, people set fire to a gasoline station, according to an anonymous security official cited by the



The recent tide of prodemocracy protests has already led to the ouster of autocratic rulers in Egypt and Tunisia. It has also met with brutal force in Libya and Yemen.

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