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Morocco seeing largest protests since 2011.

Thousands of Moroccans protest the death of Mouhcine Fikri, a fishmonger crushed by a garbage truck.

Thousands of Moroccans protest the death of Mouhcine Fikri, a fishmonger crushed by a garbage truck.

Morocco is now seeing some of its largest protests since 2011.

News articles covering public, mobilized anger at the death of fish vendor Mohcine Fikri have repeatedly, and understandably, drawn parallels between Morocco today and Tunisia (and to an extent Egypt, Syria, and Libya) in 2011. Indeed, the circumstances are eerily similar: Tunisia’s Mohamed Bouazizi was a fruit vendor who took his life by self-immolation after his wares were confiscated by authorities, and Morocco’s Fikri was a fish seller crushed by a garbage truck while he was attempting to recover thousands of dollars’ worth of fish seized and disposed of by authorities.

In both countries, the protests were more concerned with dignity and the economic and political circumstances that led to their deaths—economic desperation and threatened livelihoods. And in both countries, their deaths served as symbols of widespread hogra: a Maghreb concept which roughly translates as elite contempt for the common man, which may, in turn, serve to render invisible or humiliate the subject.

But Morocco is probably insulated from a mass anti-regime uprising. Read article here