Protests in Tunisia: The fourth night of the protests saw hundreds of demonstrators arrested
Tunisia, entering its fourth night, is experiencing massive demonstrations. On Monday, the centre of Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, saw demonstrators take to the streets, leading to the detention of up to 600 people by the police.
On Monday, a young crowd of protesters assembled in the centre of Tunis and pitched stones and petrol bombs at the police. With a water cannon and tear gas, the powers then reacted. In recent days, demonstrators gathered outside federal offices on Bourguiba Road, Tunis, calling for the release of fellow protesters detained. “They were accused of chanting, “No fear, no fear, people own the street.
The new round of demonstrations and unrest coincides with the tenth anniversary of the Tunisian Revolution, which embraced democracy and sparked the region-wide introduction of the Arab Spring. Since then, the expectations of the movement to bring in jobs, economic development and opportunities have been frustrated.
Tunisia’s current demonstrations are against the disastrous economic condition and unemployment. The situation that led to the massive demonstrations by people across Tunisia has exacerbated the pandemic. Since Friday, the bulk of arrested demonstrators have been detained on charges of looting and vandalism, as the Ministry of the Interior has said.
Protests are also taking place in Gafsa, Kasserine, Monastir and Sousse, in addition to Tunis.In under-privileged and heavily populated areas with a history of strained relations between the two sides, clashes between police and demonstrators primarily take place.
Khaked Hayouni, spokesperson for the Ministry of the Interior, reports that two police officers were injured in clashes. He said, “This has nothing to do with protest movements that are legally and constitutionally guaranteed.” Marches take place in broad daylight… Without it involving some aggressive acts.
In 2020, the economy of Tunisia shrank by 9% with an exponential increase in consumer prices. The tourism sector in the country was adversely affected by the lockdown during the pandemic.Amnesty International has urged the Tunisian government, among many rights organisations, to protect the rights of detained demonstrators.