In Tunisia, a group of civil society organizations condemns the security response to the night clashes that have shaken several cities in the country since 14 January. They are asking the authorities for transparency for the thousands of people arrested.
as reported from Tunis Michel Picard
The clashes between young people and the police are taking place against the background of a worsening economic and social crisis. They led to a wave of arrests condemned by NGOs, including the Tunisian League for Human Rights.
“Resolving this economic, social and political crisis does not happen with batons, it does not happen with arrests,” accuses Bassem Trifi, vice president of LDH. Today we need to open a real dialogue with these young people and see why they rebelled. There are about a thousand arrests, and those arrests continue. ”
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In addition to the youths arrested in neighborhoods where violence took place at night, including hundreds of minors, bloggers were also arrested, such as Ahmed Ghram, a student licensed in English.
“We took our nap. They asked Ahmed Ghram, he came out as a good citizen, his mother says. They asked me for his laptop and phone. Fearing that something might happen to him, I immediately gave up. He left with the police. He is criticized for sharing on Facebook very simple things that are being said all over Tunisia. ”
The organizations also condemn the incitement to hatred directed at journalists, especially those launched by some deputies.