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Morocco’s king pardons members of Hirak protest movement: sources

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Morocco’s King Mohammed VI of Morocco has reportedly pardoned 11 members of the Hirak protest movement, according to sources reported by news agencies.

Speaking to Al Arabiya News Channel, human rights lawyer Ahmad Arhamoush said that the Moroccan king actually pardoned close to 180 members of the protest movement that hit Rif region north of the country.

Leaders of a Moroccan protest movement were sentenced to up to 20 years in prison late Tuesday over their roles in demonstrations that rocked the north of the country in 2016.

The figurehead of the Al-Hirak al-Shaabi, or "Popular Movement", Nasser Zefzafi, as well as other leaders Nabil Ahmjiq, Ouassim Boustati and Samir Ighid were jailed for "plotting to undermine the security of the state" over protests in the Rif region, which demanded jobs, development and an end to graft.