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US Violence in Tunisia: civil society organizations call the authorities to account

23:15  21 january  2021
23:15  21 january  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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In Tunisia, a group of organizations of civil society denounces the security response to the night clashes that have rocked several cities in the country since January 14. They ask the authorities for transparency on the thousand people arrested.

With our correspondent in Tunis, Michel Picard

The clashes between young people and police officers take place against the backdrop of an aggravated economic and social crisis. They led to a wave of arrests denounced by NGOs, including the Tunisian League for Human Rights.

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“Solving this economic, social and political crisis is not done with batons, it is not done with arrests, reproaches Bassem Trifi, vice-president of the LDH. Today, we must open a real dialogue with these young people and see why they revolted. There are about a thousand arrests, and these arrests are continuing. "

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In addition to young people arrested in neighborhoods where nighttime violence has occurred, including hundreds of minors, bloggers have also been arrested, such as Ahmed Ghram, a graduate student in English.

“We were taking our nap. They asked Ahmed Ghram, he came out like a good citizen, says his mother. They asked me for his laptop and phone. For fear that something would happen to her, I gave it up right away. He left with the police. He is criticized for sharing simple things on Facebook that are being said all over Tunisia.

Organizations also denounce incitement to hatred targeting journalists, especially those launched by some MPs.

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