Morocco charges eleven in death of fishmonger
Moroccan authorities have charged 11 people over the death of a fishmonger who was crushed in a garbage truck while trying to stop police from destroying his stock. The case has ignited public anger.
The death of Mouhcine Fikri in the northern city of Al-Hoceima on Friday has prompted thousands to take to the streets in four days of protests. They are among the biggest in Morocco since pro-reform demonstrations broke out during the 2011 Arab Spring.
Protest chants and a frenzy of angry postings on social media have blamed the Makhzen, a term used to describe the royal establishment. In an effort to calm tensions, King Mohamed, currently on a tour of Africa, ordered the Interior minister to visit the victim’s family and present royal condolences.
The general prosecutor said yesterday 11 people had been referred to an investigating judge, including two Interior ministry officials, two fisher- ies officials and the veterinary chief in Al-Hoceima, on charges of involuntary manslaughter.
Fikri bought 500kg of swordfish, for which fishing is banned from October 1 to November 30 every year, according to a prosecutor’s statement published by state news agency MAP.
An officer guarding the port gates called the security services, who impounded Fikri’s truck later inside the city. The veterinarian decided the fish was unfit for consumption.
Protests after the death of Mouhcine Fikri, a fishmonger crushed to death inside a rubbish truck as he tried to retrieve fish confiscated by police in Al Hoceima, Morocco