Thou­sands mourn fish­mon­ger crushed in rub­bish truck

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THOU­SANDS of Moroc­cans at­tended the fu­neral of a fish­mon­ger whose grue­some death in a rub­bish truck crusher has caused out­rage across the North African coun­try, sources said.

Mouhcine Fikri, 31, was crushed to death on Oc­to­ber 28 in the truck in the north­ern city of Al-Ho­ceima as he re­port­edly tried to protest against a mu­nic­i­pal worker seiz­ing and de­stroy­ing his wares.

An im­age of his in­ert body – head and arm stick­ing out from un­der the lorry’s crush­ing mech­a­nism – went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia, spark­ing calls for protests na­tion­wide in­clud­ing in the cap­i­tal Rabat.

A hu­man rights ac­tivist said the au­thor­i­ties forced the fish­mon­ger to de­stroy sev­eral boxes of sword­fish. Catch­ing sword­fish us­ing drift­nets is il­le­gal in Morocco.

“The goods were worth a lot of money and the fish­er­man was nat­u­rally up­set,” said Fas­sal Aous­sar from the lo­cal branch of the Moroc­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Hu­man Rights (AMDH).

“The sales­man threw him­self in af­ter his fish and was crushed by the ma­chine. The whole of the Rif is in shock and boil­ing over.”

King Mo­hammed VI has or­dered a “thor­ough and ex­haus­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion” into Mr Fikri’s death and the “pros­e­cu­tion of who­ever is found re­spon­si­ble”, an in­te­rior min­istry

state­ment said.

It was the self-im­mo­la­tion of a street ven­dor in Tu­nisia in late 2010 in protest at po­lice ha­rass­ment that sparked Tu­nisia’s rev­o­lu­tion and the Arab Spring up­ris­ings across the rest of the re­gion the next year. –

Photo: AFP

Pro­test­ers shout slo­gans in the north­ern city of Al Ho­ceima on Oc­to­ber 30 fol­low­ing the death of fish­mon­ger Mouhcine Fikri, who was crushed to death in a rub­bish truck as he re­port­edly tried to protest against a mu­nic­i­pal worker seiz­ing his wares.

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