While Charlie Gilmour's flamboyant foolishness may have provided the iconic image of the student protests, the depoliticised, directionless, angst-filled nature of his 'protest' was commonplace throughout the demonstrations.
King Muhammad VI has been shrewd. His referendum is ostensibly a victory, and a weapon against those who will argue for more radical democratic changes.
Demonstrations should be used to try to engage in a political argument, not to try to force cash-strapped councils to abolish policies because of the costs they'll face otherwise.