Large turnout at Morocco opposition figure funeral

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Associated Press

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 14 at 12:04 PM

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Tens of thousands of supporters of a Moroccan religious opposition figure who died this week marched silently through the capital's streets.

The 84-year-old Abdessalam Yassine, who founded Al Adl wal Ihsan (Justice and Spirituality) movement — widely believed to be the largest opposition force in the country — died Thursday after a short illness. About 20,000 peoples prayed inside and outside the city's main mosque Thursday, according to official estimates.

As the body was slowly driven a kilometer (half mile) away to the seaside cemetery, the crowd of mourners swelled in size, filling the city's boulevards.

The movement was official banned, but tolerated, yet its members were often imprisoned.

Yassine, who was under house arrest for a decade, refused to accept the king's religious title of Commander of the Faithful.

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