In Tunisia, groups of young people defied the curfew again this Sunday. For the fourth night in a row, clashes broke out with police in several regions of the country. Tunisian authorities announced hundreds of arrests on Monday morning.
According to the Tunisian Ministry of Interior, more than 600 people have been arrested after this fourth night of excitement. A spokesman evokes groups of young people aged 15 to 25 who have burned tires and trash cans. Note that due to the coronavirus pandemic, schools are closed this week and schooling has been severely disrupted since the start of the school year.
Stones against the security forces
In the district of Ettadhamen on the outskirts of Tunis, young people last night threw stones at security forces who responded with tear gas. Looting has also been reported in some areas, as these clashes are not limited to the capital. Police were deployed in numbers in dozens of locations across the country, and army reinforcements were sent to four regions: Bizerte, Sousse, Kasserine and Siliane. This is to protect public sites, according to authorities.
These disorders occur the day after the 10th anniversary of autumn by President Ben Ali, takes place in marginalized areas affected by an economic crisis exacerbated by the health situation. Neither the Tunisian presidency nor the government has yet officially responded.