October 2016: Death of Moroccan Fishmonger Sparks Protests

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

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Here's a slideshow depicting the major world news events of October 2016.

1. Columbian Peace Deal Defeated 2. Turkey Fires 5% of Police Force 3. 2016 Nobel Prizes 4. Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency 5. Houthis Target Navy Ship, USN Retaliates 6. Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej Dies at 88 7. Boko Haram Releases 21 Chibok Schoolgirls 8. Iraq Launches Liberation of Mosul 9. Russia Announces "Humanitarian Pause" in Aleppo 10. Cease-Fire in Yemen 11. Police Van Plows into Philippine Protestors 12. Philippine President Duterte Courts China 13. Britain Invokes Turing's Law to Pardon Thousands 14. France Closes Refugee Camp, "The Jungle" 15. Police Training Camp in Pakistan Attacked 16. India's Tata Group Fires Leader 17. Thousands of Anti-Government Protesters Gather in Venezuela 18. Justice Dept. Files Charges in India-Based IRS Scam 19. Thousands Protest, Calling for South Korean President Park Geun-hye's Resignation 20. Protests in Morocco Following Death of Fishmonger

Death of Moroccan Fishmonger Sparks Protests
Image of protesters in Morocco
On Oct. 30, 2016, protestors take to the streets in Morocco after a fish seller named Mouhcine Fikri is crushed to death by a garbage truck compactor. Fikri was allegedly selling swordfish illegally, and when the police confiscated it, Fikri jumped into the garbage truck to retrieve the fish. Thousand of protesters gathered in the city of Al-Hoceima and Casablanca chanting the word "Horga," meaning injustice or persecution. And in Rabat, where protests also took place, they chanted against the royal establishment. Observers are drawing parallels between these protests and those of 2011, when similar outrage over the suicide of a fruit seller sparked the Arab Spring.
Photo source: AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar
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