Moroccans protest at pardon of paedophile


Massoud Hayoun
Al Jazeera
August 4, 2013

Tens of thousands of Moroccans, outraged by King Mohammed VI’s royal pardon of a Spanish paedophile who was convicted of raping 11 children, are expected to converge outside the North African nation’s parliament Friday night.

Morocco’s king traditionally pardons prisoners as a part of festivities for the nation’s celebration of its monarchy, Throne Day, July 30, but this year, news of 62-year-old Daniel Galvan Vina’s released caused an uproar on social media.

Where previous demonstrations largely addressed inequity and specific instances of corruption in the public sector, the protest on Friday night will directly address an edict of King Mohammed VI.

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