Morocco has arrested 11 people suspected of involuntary manslaughter over the death of a fish seller whose crushing in a rubbish truck sparked widespread demonstrations, prosecutors said on Tuesday.
Mouhcine Fikri, 31, was accidentally killed on Friday in the northern city of Al-Hoceima as he tried to protest against the seizure and destruction of swordfish, which are not allowed to be caught at this time of year.
His death in the Rif -- an ethnically Berber region long neglected and at the heart of a 2011 protest movement for reform -- has triggered outrage in other cities including the capital Rabat.
It was the self-immolation of a street vendor in Tunisia in late 2010 in protest at police harassment that sparked Tunisia's revolution and the Arab Spring uprisings across the rest of the region the following year.
The 11 suspects were brought before an investigating magistrate Tuesday in connection with allegations that also include forgery of public documents, a prosecution statement said.
Two interior ministry employees, as well as two fisheries officials and the head of the local veterinary services were among those arrested, said the prosecution.
The five suspects as well as three rubbish collection workers were remanded into custody, it said, without identifying the rest of those arrested.
More than 20 people have been questioned during the investigation, according to the statement carried by the official MAP news agency.
The probe found the driver had received a signal from a rubbish collection worker to turn the crusher power on while Fikri was in the truck with several people trying to prevent fish being loaded.
The investigation found there was "no order to assault the victim by any party".
Some protesters have accused the authorities of intentionally starting the crusher while Fikri was in the back of the truck.
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