Police Break Up Protest In Northern Morocco
Sumaira FH 4 years ago Thu 05th January 2017 | 09:15 PM
RABAT, Jan 5 (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 05th Jan, 2017 ) : Police have dispersed a protest in Morocco's northern city of Al-Hoceima, a rights group said Thursday, months after a local fishmonger's death in a garbage truck sparked unrest.
Footage circulated on social media showed police chasing dozens of protesters from the city's main square after asking them to end the sit-in with a megaphone. It showed protesters on the ground who appeared to have been bruised, and other demonstrators being arrested.
The protesters were later released, according to the AMDH. Mouhcine Fikri, 31, was crushed to death on October 28 in a garbage truck as he tried to protest against the seizure and destruction of swordfish, which were not allowed to be caught at that time of year.
His death in the Rif -- an ethnically Berber region long neglected and at the heart of a 2011 protest movement for reform -- triggered protests nationwide. Those protests have now stopped but activists in Al-Hoceima have continued to call for a thorough investigation, alongside broader demands for an end to widespread unemployment and corruption.