Teachers across Morocco have been striking for three consecutive weeks [Fadel Senna/AFP]

Police in Morocco‘s capital Rabat have used water cannons to disperse thousands of young teachers protesting for better work conditions.

Authorities early on Sunday were trying to end a rally of an estimated 15,000 teachers in front of parliament where they planned to spend the night before an even bigger demonstration called by a coalition of leftist opposition parties, unions and civil society groups.

Policemen in anti-riot gear swung into action after negotiations between officers and teachers to ask protesters to leave the area broke down after several hours.

Authorities had offered to send buses to drive them to places where they could spend the night, teachers said.

They had been

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