Thousands mourn fishmonger crushed in rubbish truck
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
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. –
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.