Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Tunisian cities on Saturday to protest against police repression, corruption and poverty.
“Ten years ago, there was the greatest theft of the revolution from the Tunisians and their demands against the Islamists”, comment Monji Rahoui, deputy and member of the political bureau of the United Party of Democratic Patriots, who took part in the procession.
“change once and for all”
These demonstrations led to new clashes with the police. Police announced the arrest of 700 people over the past few days that have seen young people throwing stones and gasoline bombs at security forces, who responded with tear gas and water cannons.
For Kadhem bhiri, a student from Tunis, “There is a will to build a new conscience in the country, far from those which finance the discourse of the television channels. It is time to put an end to it, to change once and for all”.
The 6,000 Covid death mark
The demonstrations are linked as Tunisia is hit hard by the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The country’s economy is seriously affected, hospitals are starting to be overwhelmed. The mark of 6,000 official deaths was crossed with a sad record of 103 deaths for Thursday alone.