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What you need to know about Morocco's recent protests

Protests in Morocco are about more than the death of a fish vendor — they are about social and economic justice.
A man waves a sign during a demonstration called by the February 20 protest movement to mark the sixth anniversary of the movement and to demand political reforms and social changes in Rabat February 20, 2016. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal  - RTX27UUB

The death of Mouhcine Fikri, a Moroccan fish vendor who was crushed alive in a garbage compactor while apparently trying to prevent the destruction of a swordfish that had been taken from him in Al-Hoceima, has sparked outrage after a video of the incident was widely circulated Oct. 28. This unleashed a round of demonstrations.

Moroccan authorities said that the 1,100-pound swordfish Fikri had been selling is banned from sale because it had been declared out of season in an attempt to conserve fish stocks.

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