Morocco protests: Thousands demand release of activists

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Image caption Earlier this month, jail sentences were upheld for political activists

Thousands of people have protested in Morocco's capital Rabat, demanding the release of 42 activists who had rallied against corruption and unemployment.

Sunday's "march of the Moroccan people" was organised by political and civil rights groups, as well as the families of detainees.

It comes weeks after a court upheld prison sentences for the activists, who held protests in 2016 and 2017.

Authorities accuse them of threatening the security of the country.

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Protestors have been pictured with flags, banners and pictures of the jailed activists, who are linked to the Al-Hirak al-Shaabi – or "Popular Movement".

The demonstrations also called for the release of journalist Hamid El Mahdaoui, who is serving a three-year sentence for covering the protests in Morocco's Rif region.

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