Violent protests against police brutality, scarcity continue in Tunisia

Tunis, Jun 13 (EFE).- Students clashed with security forces in Tunis on Saturday night over allegations of police brutality that has left two casualties in recent days.

The outrage was sparked by a video published on Wednesday showing a minor allegedly being assaulted and undressed by several agents during a protest against the economic situation in a poor neighborhood of the capital.

That incident occurred around the same time that a young female protester who had been arrested had died outside a police station after being arrested in the same neighborhood, Sidi Hassine suburb.

After initially denying the accusations, the police opened an investigation in the wake of the protests.

Last night, the protesters set up barricades, set tires on fire and threw objects in response to tear gas and other methods of repression used by the police.

The protesters even reached the Habib Bourguiba avenue, the capital’s main artery, where riot police arrested protesters and employed tear gas to disperse the demonstrators.

Around 2,000 young people, including minors, were arrested during the first three months of the year for participating in protests that swept the country against police violence and the economic situation. EFE


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