Tunisia: third night of unrest in several cities

Army deployed in many governorates

18 January, 16:48

    ++ Tunisia: 600 arresti, dispiegato l'esercito ++ ++ Tunisia: 600 arresti, dispiegato l'esercito ++

    TUNIS - Unrest was recorded in the night between Sunday and Monday as young demonstrators clashed with police in several areas of Tunisia. Clashes were recorded for the third consecutive night in Cité Ettadhamen, Mnihla and al Intilaka, low-income districts of the capital, as well as Sbeitla, Nabeul, Beja, Kasserine, Jelma, Menzel Bouzalfa, Sousse, Gafsa, Bizerte, Sidi Bouzid, Korba, Tebourba. Violence, looting and attacks against police forces were reported. At least 600 people were arrested.

    The violence forced security officers to use tear gas and prompted authorities to deploy the army in several governorates of the country ''to protect institutions and prevent any act of chaos'', said defense ministry spokesman, Mohamed Zekri. During the night, President Kaies Saied oversaw security operations from the interior ministry.

    The protagonists of protests were youths, mostly minors, who were called ''looters'' by authorities. Hundreds were arrested (242 last night alone). Some posts on social media have described the unrest as a revolution of the poor amid the Covid crisis who chant slogans against authorities. 

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