Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- Morocco witnessed today an unprecedented event as thousands of people gathered in various Moroccan cities in support of the late Mohsen Fikri, 31, who was crushed to death last Friday night inside a garbage-disposal truck as he was attempting to recover his fish which was confiscated by the authorities.
The protests were unprecedented as there was far more people in the streets of the kingdom today than in the wake of the Arab spring.
If Al hoceima drew the lion’s share in terms of the number of people who rallied in the streets, estimated at 40000 people, no less than 20 Moroccan city saw huge numbers of people take to the streets in support of the late, with the list of cities including the capital Rabat, Morocco’s industrial hub Casablanca, Fes, Tangier, Kenitra, Nador, Oujda, Agadir, Marrakesh, Essaouira, Tiznit, Chefchaouen, Laarache, among others.
A young protester in Rabat (featured image) was seen holding a sign reading “Welcome to Cop22, we grind people here,” standing just few centimeters away from another protester holding a drawing of a blender full of blood, making allusion to the crushing of Mohcine Fikri.
The protests were very peaceful, with no acts of vandalism recorded.
Various people were calling for the dismantling of Morocco’s Makhzen system (non-elected local authorities), blaming this system for the harassment and humiliation inflicted to mainstream Moroccans.
The Moroccan Times.