Hun­dreds of pro­test­ers in Morocco de­mand ‘dig­nity’

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RA­BAT — Hun­dreds of peo­ple protested on Satur­day, de­mand­ing jus­tice for a fish­mon­ger whose grisly death sparked out­rage na­tion­wide, while call­ing for “dig­nity”.

“Free­dom, jus­tice” and “Long live the peo­ple!” cried demon­stra­tors in the north­ern city of Al-Ho­ceima, where Mouhcine Fikri, 31, died last month.

He was crushed to death in a garbage truck as he tried to protest against the seizure and de­struc­tion of sword­fish, which are not al­lowed to be caught at this time of year.

“The royal palace is hu­mil­i­at­ing us,” the pro­test­ers chanted, ac­cord­ing to am­a­teur live footage posted on­line.

A string of protests have erupted over the fish seller’s death on Oc­to­ber 28.

King Mo­hammed VI was quick to or­der a “thor­ough and ex­haus­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion” into Fikri’s death and sent the in­te­rior min­is­ter to of­fer con­do­lences to his fam­ily.

Satur­day’s protest or­gan­is­ers said 3 000 peo­ple at­tended the demon­stra­tion, while lo­cal au­thor­i­ties put the count at 800.

Some of the demon­stra­tors car­ried Amazigh, or Berber flags, oth­ers waved pic­tures of a white dove as a sym­bol of non-vi­o­lent protest.

“Dig­nity”, “jus­tice” and “free­dom” read some of the ban­ners held up by the pro­test­ers.

Au­thor­i­ties last week ar­rested 11 peo­ple sus­pected of in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter over Fikri’s death and re­manded eight in cus­tody. — AFP

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