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Protesters beaten by police in Morocco

Youssef Boudlal / Reuters

People run as policemen arrive at the location of a pro-democracy demonstration organised by the "February 20 Movement", who are demanding political reforms, in Rabat, Morocco on May 22.

Youssef Boudlal / Reuters

Police disperse protesters during a pro-democracy demonstration in Rabat on May 22.

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Policemen close in on a protester during a pro-democracy demonstration in Rabat on May 22.

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A riot policeman walks past a protester lying on the ground during a demonstration organized by the February 20 anti-government movement demanding political reforms, in Casablanca, Morocco on May 22.

RABAT/CASABLANCA — Moroccan police beat protesters who defied a ban on demonstrations across the country on Sunday, leading to arrests and dozens of injuries, some of them life threatening, witnesses said.

The violence appears to signal a tougher government line against the protest movement, which has become more defiant after festive demonstrations starting in February, but has yet to attract mass public support. Continue reading.