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Moroccan fish vendor's death sparks calls for protests

  • A Moroccan shouts as thousands of Moroccans protest against the death of Mouhcine Fikri last Friday,  with placard reading "mash us of respect us", in the northern city of Hoceima in Rabat, Morocco, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016.  Crowds of Moroccans are protesting, seemingly incensed by the death of a fisherman crushed to death in a garbage truck. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)

    A Moroccan shouts as thousands of Moroccans protest against the death of Mouhcine Fikri last Friday, with placard reading "mash us of respect us", in the northern city of Hoceima in Rabat, Morocco, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Crowds of Moroccans are protesting, seemingly incensed by the death of a fisherman crushed to death in a garbage truck. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)  (The Associated Press)

  • With graphic posters and signs some thousands of Moroccans protest against the death of Mouhcine Fikri last Friday, in the northern city of Hoceima in Rabat, Morocco, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016.  Crowds of Moroccans are protesting, seemingly incensed by the death of a fisherman crushed to death in a garbage truck. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)

    With graphic posters and signs some thousands of Moroccans protest against the death of Mouhcine Fikri last Friday, in the northern city of Hoceima in Rabat, Morocco, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Crowds of Moroccans are protesting, seemingly incensed by the death of a fisherman crushed to death in a garbage truck. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Moroccan Woman shouts as some thousands of Moroccans protest against the death of Mouhcine Fikri last Friday in the northern city of Hoceima in Rabat, Morocco, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016.  Crowds of Moroccans are protesting, seemingly incensed by the death of a fisherman crushed to death in a garbage truck.  (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)

    A Moroccan Woman shouts as some thousands of Moroccans protest against the death of Mouhcine Fikri last Friday in the northern city of Hoceima in Rabat, Morocco, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Crowds of Moroccans are protesting, seemingly incensed by the death of a fisherman crushed to death in a garbage truck. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)  (The Associated Press)

Moroccans are planning protests after a fisherman was crushed to death in a garbage truck — an incident some are comparing to the death of a Tunisian vendor in 2010 that sparked the Arab Spring uprisings.

According to Moroccan media, police confiscated and destroyed Mouhcine Fikri's swordfish, which isn't allowed to be fished during this time of the season. Footage circulating online appears to show Fikri jumping into a garbage truck to retrieve his fish, before being crushed to death.

Fikri's death Friday in the northern city of Hoceima has drawn outrage on Moroccan social media and calls for protests in several cities Sunday evening. King Mohammed VI called for a thorough investigation.

The General Directorate for National Security released a statement denying local officers were involved in Fikri's death.