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Protesters gather near Moroccan parliament over fish vendor's gruesome death

People hold Amazigh flags and Moroccan flags in Rabat, Morocco, Friday Nov. 6, 2016, and mark a week after the death of fish vendor Mouhcine Fikri, who was crushed in a garbage truck.

People hold Amazigh flags and Moroccan flags in Rabat, Morocco, Friday Nov. 6, 2016, and mark a week after the death of fish vendor Mouhcine Fikri, who was crushed in a garbage truck.  (The Associated Press)

Nearly 2,000 protesters have marched to the Moroccan Parliament in response to the gruesome death of a fish vendor and to protest the alleged corruption by police and government officials.

Mouhcine Fikri was crushed inside a garbage truck compactor late last month. Fikri climbed into the truck to retrieve swordfish that had been confiscated and discarded by police because the species is out of season.

Eleven people are facing manslaughter charges.

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Fikri’s death has prompted daily protests across Morocco.

Protesters in the Moroccan capital chanted "We are all Mouhcine" on Sunday as they marched down the main avenue toward Parliament. They also held banners reading "No to Corruption" and "No to Humiliation."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.