Provincial Governor fired as new violence hits Morocco authorities

Vastavam Web: Moroccan authorities fired a provincial governor after angry protesters clashed with police leaving dozens of officers reportedly injured, an interior ministry source said.The disturbances were the latest to rock the northern province of Al-Hoceima since the death of a local fishmonger in a garbage truck last October sparked nationwide protests.Governor Mohammed Zhar was fired during a visit to Hoceima yesterday by Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad, the ministry source said.

His dismissal was intended to “clear the air” and “meet residents’ expectations for the region’s development”, the source added.During Sunday’s disturbances, stone-throwing protesters attacked a police barracks outside Al-Hoceima then set fire to adjacent buildings.Moroccan newspapers reported that several dozen police were injured, six of them seriously, after officers were trapped by the blaze and several jumped from the roof to escape the flames.

There was no official confirmation of the casualty toll.According to the Le360 news website, the disturbances began with a march by local schoolchildren protesting against the lack of teachers and school transport, which then got out of hand.There have been repeated disturbances in the province since Mouhcine Fikri, 31, was crushed to death in a garbage truck on October 28 as he tried to protest against the seizure and destruction of swordfish, which had been caught out of season.