Rabat - Death of fishmonger sparked unprecedented nationwide protests.
Rabat – Death of fishmonger sparked unprecedented nationwide protests.
International think tank Brookings Institution said protests in Morocco are unlikely to escalate, a report on Thursday.
Thousands have staged protests across several cities including Rabat and Al-Hoceima following death of fishmonger Mouchine Fikri in a garbage truck.
According to the Brookings report, the Moroccan government is “experienced” in handling protests, referring to the Arab Spring.
“The Moroccan government had allowed regular protests activity as a pressure-release mechanism and was therefore seasoned in protest control,” the report stated. Furthermore, the government had made all efforts to make the protests non-violent.
Following Fikri’s death, for example, the king ordered investigations into his death cause, while the interior minister sent his condolences to his family in person and sent a solidarity statement with protestors against his death.
The report also believes that the triggers for the Arab Spring which started in 2011 do no exist in Morocco, probably because it is a monarchy.
“King Mohammed managed to stay above the fray during each wave of protests due both to the innate legitimacy afforded him by his dual position as head of state and religious leader and by the protection he garners from his large and loyal network of regime allies,” the report said.
Fikri, 31, was crushed in a garbage truck as he was trying to retrieve his fish, which the police had earlier confiscated. The police also reportedly confiscated about USD 11,000 worth of swordfish.