Water cannons and tear gas shot at protestors in Tunisia

Heavy security deployment, 'arrests'

14 January, 17:35

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, JAN 14 - Tension was seen in Tunis on the 11th anniversary of the 2011 uprising.

    Despite a ban on gatherings and demonstrations as part of anti-COVID measures, Tunisian opposition groups took to the streets on Friday to protest against what they consider a 'coup d'etat' by President Kais Saied. However, they came up against a large deployment of security forces who stopped them from accessing the central Avenue Bourguiba, which had been cordoned off the night before.

    The police used water cannons and tear gas on Avenue Mohamed V to prevent protestors from approaching the cordoned-off area.

    Six people were arrested and found to have several thousand dollars in their possession to provoke incidents, an interior ministry statement claimed.

    Taking part in the protests were the country's three social democratic parties - Attayar, Ettakattol, and the Republican Party - as well as the Islamist Ennahdha party and the Citizens Against the Coup d'Etat collective led by the activist Jaouhar Ben Mbarek, who denounced a "militarisation of the city" and the arrest of several protestors "without any respect for human rights". (ANSAmed).

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