Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- Following the growing wave of condemnation in support of “Mi Fatiha,” the Moroccan Minister of Justice decided today to open an investigation to lift the lid on the death circumstances of a Moroccan woman, a crepes street vendor, who allegedly set herself ablaze after being humiliated by a Qaed and his aids in the Moroccan city of Kenitra.
According to local witnesses, the municipal official (Qaed) told “Mi Fatiha,” after slapping her, confiscating her wares, and taking all her money, “I’ ll run you over with my car if you don’t shut up and I will bring 12 witnesses [to testify that you threw yourself at my car while I was driving],” among other insults.
The Qaed and his aids then took the woman, after removing her head scarf by force, to a police station. No one knows what happened in the police station, but the woman was so humiliated to the point she brought gasoline and poured it over her as soon as they let her out, with an aim to set herself ablaze in front of the police station in question.
Moroccan social media users argue that it was a municipal official aid who stroke the match that set the woman ablaze, arguing that “Mi Fatiha” did indeed pour gasoline on her, but only to threaten the authorities, and was not planning to immolate herself.
Moroccans living in the U.S. are organizing a demonstration next Friday in front of the Moroccan embassy in D.C. to protest against the Moroccan authorities turning a blind eye on the case.
The sad event happened on the 9th of April in the Hay Mbarek Al Hashemi neighborhood in Kenitra.
The Moroccan Times.