Tunisian police hunt protesters in Siliana in northern Tunisia on the night of January 11-12, 2018
Nearly 780 people have been arrested in Tunisia since Monday triggered social unrest fueled by austerity measures, said the Interior Ministry on Friday, Amnesty International calling the police to restraint.
The movement „Fech Nestannew“ („What is expected“), which launched at the beginning of the year the protest against the rise in prices, called for a new mobilization Friday at midday in the center of Tunis.
In a statement released on Friday, Amnesty International called on security forces to „not use excessive force“ and „stop using intimidation against peaceful protesters“ „.
For this organization, „the Tunisian authorities must guarantee the safety of non-violent protesters and ensure that security forces use force only when absolutely necessary and proportionate“ to protect the rights of others.
Several left-wing activists have been arrested in recent days, and the government accuses protesters of being manipulated by the opposition.
A few dozen members of the Popular Front, a left-wing party, were demonstrating Friday morning in the southern Gafsa court, an AFP correspondent said after the arrest of two local party officials union official accused of inciting disorder.
According to Interior Ministry spokesman Khlifa Chibani, no acts of violence, robbery or looting were recorded on the night of Thursday to Friday, after three consecutive nights of unrest. He said on private radio Mosaïque FM that the clashes between young people and police were „limited“ and „not serious“.
He added that 151 people involved in violence were arrested on Thursday, bringing the total arrests to 778 since Monday.
Dozens of young people throw stones at the police in Siliana in northern Tunisia on the night of January 11 to 12, 2018
According to an AFP correspondent in Siliana, a city in the north-west, dozens of young people threw stones for about three hours in the night from Thursday to Friday on security agents who fired back with fire. teargas.
On the other hand, the situation remained calm in Kasserine, Thala and Sidi Bouzid, in the poor center of the country, as well as in Tebourba, a city 30 km west of the capital, marked by numerous demonstrations and clashes. days, reported AFP correspondents and local media. A protester died in Tebourba during clashes on Monday night.
The suburbs of Tunis have also remained calm in the night from Thursday to Friday.
Tunisia since the fall of Ben Ali, 7 years ago
The unrest fueled by persistent social unrest erupted on Monday, on the eve of the seventh anniversary of the fall of dictator Zine el Abidine Ben Ali on January 14, 2011, ousted by a revolution calling for „work,“ „dignity,“ and the end of corruption.
The month of January is traditionally marked by social mobilization in Tunisia since the 2011 revolution. The context is particularly tense this year as the first municipal elections of the post-revolution period are postponed, several times postponed and scheduled for May.