2021 Tunisian protests
The 2021 Tunisian protests are a series of protests that started on 15 January 2021. Thousand of people rioted in cities and towns across Tunisia, which saw looting, arson, as well as mass deployment of police and army in several cities and the arrest hundreds of people.
2021 Tunisian protests
Part of 2018–2021 Arab protests
Date15 January 2021 – 30 March 2021
(2 months, 2 weeks and 1 day)[1]
LocationSeveral cities in Tunisia, mainly working-class neigberhoods in Tunis, Sousse, Bizerte, Menzel Bourguiba, Nabeul, Kasserine, Siliana and others.[2]
Caused byEconomic crisis, unemployment, corruption, police brutality
MethodsRioting, looting, arson, robbery, assault
Resulted inShops, vehicles destroyed, banks looted
Reported injuries
The protests started in the town of Siliana, northwestern Tunisia, following the municipal police aggression of a shepherd.[4]
Young people clashed with police for the fifth straight night on 20 January. “Your voice is heard, and your anger is legitimate, and it is my role and the role of the government to work to realize your demands and to make the dream of Tunisia to become true,” Prime Minister Mechichi said in a fruitless attempt to calm things down.[5]
The government extended its health curfew and banned demonstrations on 23 January. Tunisia reported 103 virus-related deaths on 21 January, the highest figure to date in the country, among the highest rates in Africa. Travel between regions was banned, bars and restaurants were closed except for take-out food, and university classes were transferred online. About 1,000 people have been arrested since demonstrations began a week ago.[6]
See also
  1. ^ Staff, Reuters (March 30, 2021). "Tunisian police fire tear gas on protesters in southern city" – via www.reuters.com.
  2. ^ "Tunisie : des émeutes éclatent, dix ans après la chute de Ben Ali". LExpress.fr (in French). January 18, 2021.
  3. ^ "Clashes break out in Tunisia after death of protester". Aljazeera. January 26, 2021.
  4. ^ Min, Alif (January 15, 2021). "Heurts avec la police suite à l'agression d'un berger par un agent à Siliana". Kapitalis (in French).
  5. ^ "Outreach by Tunisian leaders fails to quell youth unrest". AP NEWS. 20 January 2021. Retrieved January 21, 2021.
  6. ^ "Tunisia extends curfew, ban on protests as virus cases jump". AP NEWS. 23 January 2021. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
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