Morocco charges eleven in death of fish­mon­ger

The Star (Kenya) - - News World -

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.

/REUTERS

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

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