In response to the death of Mohsen Fikri, protesters have reportedly taken to streets in Morocco since Friday, and are continuing to call for demonstrations—, a fish seller in the northern city of al-Hoceima.
Moroccan activists claim that Fikri, 31, jumped into the back of a garbage truck on Friday after local authorities disposed of his wares, according to BBC Arabic. Witnesses allege security officials told the truck driver to apply pressure to the contents of the truck, killing Fikri.
Authorities, however, deny the claims, and have promised to open an investigation into his death, BBC Arabic reported. According to The New Arab, a media outlet based in London, sources also suggested that Fikri argued with authorities, who asked for a bribe so he could sell his goods.
After images of his corpse surfaced and spread on social media, residents of al-Hoceima organized protests, according to BBC Arabic. One demonstration in al-Hoceima was broadcast on Facebook Live, prompting thousands of viewers online to simultaneously express sympathy for Fikri and the protesters.