Thousands in Morocco protest fish vendor’s gruesome death

Published November 1st, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
Protesters wave the Amazigh (Berber) flag as they shout slogans in the northern city of Al Hoceima on October 30, 2016, following the death of fishmonger Mouhcine Fikri, who was crushed to death on October 28 in a rubbish truck in Al Hoceima. (AFP/Fadel Senna)
Protesters wave the Amazigh (Berber) flag as they shout slogans in the northern city of Al Hoceima on October 30, 2016, following the death of fishmonger Mouhcine Fikri, who was crushed to death on October 28 in a rubbish truck in Al Hoceima. (AFP/Fadel Senna)

Moroccans have staged protest rallies across the North African country after a fisherman was crushed to death in a garbage truck while trying to take back fish seized by police.

On Sunday, thousands of outraged people marched on the streets of several cities, including the northern town of Hoceima in the country’s Rif region where the fishmonger lost his life on Friday.

According to local media and authorities, the street vendor, Mouhcine Fikri, jumped inside the trash truck that police used to destroy the confiscated fish in a desperate attempt to recover it when he was caught inside the crusher.

Fikri, 31, was selling sword fish, which is not allowed to be fished during this time of the season.

Protesters blamed the police for the gruesome death and demanded an end to what they termed official abuse and injustice.

Sunday’s rallies were called by activists from the February 20 movement, which organized demonstrations during the Arab Spring-style protests in 2011.

Fikri’s body was laid to rest in the area of Imzouren some 20 kilometers southeast of Hoceima in a huge funeral procession late Sunday afternoon.


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