A fisherman in Morocco was crushed to death with a garbage truck and protests broke out
October 31, 2016 11:11 AM EDT
Morocco was rocked by protests against police on Sunday after a fisherman was crushed to death by a garbage truck compactor.
The fisherman, Mouhcine Fikri, had his swordfish confiscated by police since it wasn't in season. He reportedly jumped into the truck to get his fish back and was killed in the truck.
Protests rocked the city of Hoceima, as many saw the death as police brutality. Morocco's King Mohammed VI called for a "meticulous" investigation into Fikri's death.
People are really pissed off, and can't keep being silent anymore.
Abdella Lefnatsa, union leader
Authorities haven't commented on the details of the incident.
Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane released a statement Saturday presenting his condolences over Fikri's death, but urging members and supporters of his party to refrain from participating in protests.
PRotesters took to the streets, chanting "We are all Mouhcine!"
Here are more scenes from the protest.
Our grandfathers are used to it, but we should not be used to this. We cannot accept this kind of treatment anymore.
Rachid Hilali, protester
The Moroccan Human Rights Association condemned the incident, comparing it to a previous one in the city during the Arab Spring. That movement is considered to have begun after a merchant in Tunisia lit himself on fire after police confiscated his wares.
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