Angry youth defy protest ban in Tunisia

REPORT – For a week, clashes have taken place in several regions. The young people show their exasperation, ten years after the revolution.

Tunis

“They are not demonstrators but gangsters!” gets angry Ahmed *, retiree living in Ettadhamen, a popular city north-west of Tunis and the scene of nightly clashes for almost a week. The man shows the gutter of his building, damaged by stone throws: “They have nothing else to do but break!” Sitting next to him on the sidewalk where they sunbathe, Mohammed intervenes: “You’re exaggerating, they’re angry. They are young and this country offers them no hope. ” As in Ettadhamen, the 10e anniversary of dictator Ben Ali’s flight on January 14 has stirred up tensions in several cities across the country.

While the government had announced a four-day confinement with a curfew from 4 p.m. and a ban on demonstrations and festivities on the occasion of January 14 – measures justified by the progression of the pandemic but which seemed opportune to many observers -, young Tunisians came out en masse, to

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