H/T Magic Martin
Riots have erupted saturday for the fifth day in a row in Siliana, epicentre of Tunisian ire vis-a-vis the hopes deceived by the 2011 revolution, and violence has also occurred at a neighbouring town, according to witnesses.
Like these past days, some hundred youngsters have attacked police in Siliana throwing stones, and one officer was injured at his head, according to an AFP journalist.
The forces of order have responded by shooting a major amount of teargas, while protesters again constructed barriers made of tyres and burning branches.
Some 20 km away from Siliana, in Bargou, inhabitants have blocked a road and thrown stones at police vehicles rolling towards Tunis, according to witnesses and a security source. The forces of order responded by using teargas.
Meanwhile, negotiations have been under way in Tunis between the government and trade union representatives, who claim the retreat of police reinforcements, the resignation of the Siliana gouvernor, and an economic assistance plan for this disadvantaged region.
Still in Tunis, 200 persons demonstrated – like the past days – before the interior ministry at Avenue Habib Bourguiba, supporting the population of Siliana who they consider a victim of police repression.
The rulers fear an expansion to other regions, and say to refuse to cede to violence, while riots already have erupted in two more tunisian cities, during the night from friday to saturday.
The demands expressed in Siliana remind of those at the 2011 revolution’s origin, the government – under leadership of the islamist Ennahda party – being accused to have failed in its economic policy. Since the start of the violence, some 300 persons have been injured.
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