Protests in Tunisia: Police arrested hundreds of people

Protests in Tunisia: Police arrested hundreds of people

In Tunisia, young people in particular have been coming out for days. You are angry at the bad economic situation – and you are violating the coronation curfew. There is always violence.

There have been violent clashes between protesters and police in Tunisia for several days. Since Friday, young people in particular have been taking to the streets at night to deal with their resentment at the poor economic situation and the lack of prospects.

At the same time, they opposed a night curfew, which is supposed to contain a corona virus. According to the Interior Ministry, rioters set fire to tires and bins to block the way for security forces. Several Tunisian media outlets unanimously report that stones and Molotov cocktails were thrown at police officers. Supermarkets were also looted in some places. According to eyewitnesses, security forces in the Tunisian capital used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protesters.

The government is sending an army

Due to clashes with security forces, the army has now been drafted into four cities in the country: to support the police in Sousse, Bizerte, Kasserine and Siliana and to protect government buildings. Police also arrested 632 protesters, mostly between the ages of 15 and 25.

The protests coincide with the tenth anniversary of the escape of long-time ruler Zine El Abidin Ben Ali on January 14, 2011, who has been in power for more than 20 years. Since then, Tunisia has become the only country affected by the uprisings in the Arab world to make a gradual transition to democracy.

Corona deepens the economic crisis

Nevertheless, the country continues to suffer from corruption, political instability and a poor economic situation. The Corona crisis is causing further price increases and the already high unemployment is consolidating. One third of young people are now out of work. The ruling elite and established political parties have great distrust.

The curfew has been shortened again since Monday, but other restrictions still apply. Restaurants and cafes can only sell away from home, travel between different parts of the country is only allowed with a special permit and any form of gathering is prohibited. Unlike the first closure in the spring, these measures are not accompanied by economic assistance for those who need it.

Mark James

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