Tunisian police clash with protesters after police beating


  • World
  • Saturday, 16 Jan 2021

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the northern city of Siliana on Friday after a policeman beat a shepherd, witnesses said, in an incident that sparked anger, as the country celebrate the tenth anniversary of the transition to a full democracy.

Hundreds of protesters burned wheels, blocked roads, and threw stones at the police, who followed the protesters and fired gas, witnesses added.

In the coastal city of Sousse, night clashes took place between police and youths who threw stones at the security forces, who fired tear gas.

Local media said small protest also took place in Karm area in the capital Tunis and that police arrested some protesters.

A decade ago, massive protests against corruption, injustice and the repressive regime toppled the late President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali,‮ ‬after a fruit seller set himself ablaze in the central town of Sidi Bouzid after an altercation with a policewoman.

The Tunisian revolution in 2011 inspired a wave of revolt in Arab countries as people rose up to demand democracy.

A video posted on social media showed a policeman scolding and pushing a shepherd whose sheep had entered the governerate headquarter.

The video caused a wave of anger on social media. Activists said that it is unacceptable to harm the dignity of any citizen, a decade after Tunisians revolted against injustice and oppression.

The Public Prosecution office opened an investigation into the incident.

Despite the incident, Tunisia is an example of peaceful transition in a region struggling elsewhere with violence and upheaval, its economic and social situation worsened and the country became on the verge of bankruptcy and the protests increased.

(Reporting By Tarek Amara; Editing by Alistair Bell)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Next In World

Derek Chauvin guilty of all charges for George Floyd's murder
Sao Paulo Governor Doria wants to run for president in Brazil's 2022 vote
Queen Elizabeth marks 95th birthday, days after husband's funeral
Northern Ireland referendum to leave UK would fail today: poll
Navalny supporters seek to drown out Putin speech with mass protests
Egypt's Sunday train accident killed 23, says public prosecutor
Saudi Arabia reiterates call for Iran to engage in ongoing negotiations - SPA
Turkey summons Swedish envoy to protest Sweden's 'support for terrorists'
Brazil defense minister defends democracy, pledges to adhere to constitution
Mexican governor out to seize Tijuana's Prohibition-era golf course

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers